WA Wineries Feature in Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines
Congratulations to Leeuwin Estate and Mosswood who have been included in the top 40 of Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines for 2017.
Leeuwin Estate was also named Winery of the Year and awarded his highest point score, a perfect 20/20 for the new release 2014 Art Series Chardonnay in his annual 100 Best Australian Wines Report at the London launch on 23 May 2017.
Matthew reflected on the influence that Leeuwin Estate has had on the UK market noting:
"I have followed Leeuwin Estate closely for 28 years – I tasted my first Art Series Chardonnay in April 1990 and I remember it as if it was yesterday.
"I have bought, sold and/or written about this pioneering estate every single year since. Leeuwin is a titan among Australian boutique wineries. No other estate has such a lofty nor long term grip on Chardonnay supremacy. When I pour Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay or Art Series Chardonnay at events or on the Roadshow consumers are actively excited to taste the wine.
"These wines have an aura of greatness and even newcomers to wine seem to have heard this name. Perhaps this is because this idyllic estate brings so much more than just its epic wines to our lives. The art gallery (and labels), restaurant and music/concert sub-themes bring this winery to life and they show that Denis and Trish and now Simone and Justin Horgan appreciate how wine is but one part of the overall experience of our artistic and hedonistic existence.
"I will never forget a vertical tasting of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay, hosted by their most fervent cheerleader, UK agent Hilary Gibbs from Burgundy specialists Domaine Direct, back in 2002. We tasted wines from 1987 – 1999 and every single wine was sublime. Fifteen-year-old Chardonnay, back then, which stood up perfectly and reminded us that Australia was becoming a Chardonnay force to be reckoned with, was a siren call to us all in the UK.
"It was, to my mind, the beginning of Australia’s Chardonnay era, which continues to evolve to this day. Without Leeuwin I feel that the entire country would not have travelled so far so fast and with their standards as high as ever, and with Art Series Cabernet joining the Chardonnay as an important wine for serious wine lovers’ cellars, it is my immense pleasure to announce that Leeuwin has picked up this year’s Winery of the Year title."
The 100 Best Australian Wines Report is available for sale on matthewjukes.com in ‘digital’ .pdf form.