The Prelude Vineyards label focuses on the benchmark varietals of the region and represent the first release Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Leeuwin Estate each vintage. They are site expressive wines that encase the purity and clarity of fruit with a style that is readily expressive for earlier release. The label celebrates the Estate's association with the musical arts through the staging of the alfresco Leeuwin Concert Series.
Variety: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
Cellaring Potential: 10-12 years
A lifted, concentrated and layered nose, consisting of blackcurrants, red cherries and boysenberries. Fragrant violets, clove, anise, cassia bark and black cardamom suitably sit in the background. The palate is vibrant and tightly coiled with blackcurrant, cocoa and finely tuned oak. Subtle spice, underlying char and roasted coffee bean offer delicate complexity. Laced acidity with silky ripe tannins provides both length and balance.
92 points: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion, 2018 Edition
92 points: James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 2017 "This is layered and rich with currant, berry and walnut shell character. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Love it now but it will age wonderfully. Screw cap."
91 points +: Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au, June 2017. "A sweet, fruit-filled centre followed by a dry, herb-streaked finish. Cabernet to the gills. It feels well-balanced and well-made. Clean as a whistle too."
96 points. "A wine that combines grace and power; fruit complexity with varietal expression and savoury tannins....
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