The nose displays apple pie, ripe pear, melon and some brioche characters which combine
to give intense aromas. The wine is medium to full bodied with ripe pear skin, custard tart
with a silky creaminess driven by the purity of the pear and melon fruit. The creaminess
gives way to a tight and long acid structure which gives the wine backbone and provides
its impeccable length.
A second label equal to most producers' best, although the price (inevitably) reflects the quality; fragrant white peach and grapefruit aromas and flavours drive the wine, having soaked up the barrel ferment oak in the process; long, complete and perfectly balanced.
Bright yellow. Complex, heady bouquet of dried pear, melon, honey and botanical herbs, with a smoky mineral undertone. Spicy and precise on the palate, showing gently sweet honeydew and orchard fruit flavors with complicating notes of sage, licorice and white pepper. Very complex chardonnay with strong finishing bite and lingering sweetness.
After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Esate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as a consultant and mentor. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from... View More