Leeuwin Estate 'Prelude' Chardonnay 2018
1 or more bottles$29.99
James Halliday'96 points
Baby brother to the “Art Series” Chardonnay which tends to take centre stage, but this Prelude is a cracker as a wine with finesse and balance modestly carrying all the hallmarks of the variety and the region.
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James Halliday's Wine Companion96
"Leeuwin Estate has the game sewn up with this entry point wine. It's so precise, so balanced, so pure. The distinction between fruit and oak is impossible to gauge, the length magical."
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About the brand Leeuwin Estate
One of the five founding wineries of the Margaret River district of Western Australia, Leeuwin Estates is proof of the importance of family in winemaking. Since buying their Margaret River property in 1969, the Horgan family has evolved into a team of passionate, highly-skilled winemakers.
Their commitment to excellence across all aspects of their business makes the team behind Leeuwin more than deserving of their many successes. As well as producing truly world-class wine, the estate features an award-winning restaurant, an incredible art gallery, and a venue for live music. Leeuwin Estate's longstanding mission of offering a nonpareil experience to their guests has endeared them to countless wine lovers the world over.