Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay 2013 (Margaret River, WA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $30
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As the name suggests, this is the Prelude to the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay. Made in much the same way, if not quite as grandiose, it has followed a similar stylistic trajectory to its bigger brother, with generally less malolactic fermentation to emphasise freshness.
While I’m not convinced that less malo = better (plenty of Oz Chardonnay could do with more. Bring back the malo!), it at least shows that Leeuwin is keeping up with the Joneses.
Tasted: Nov 2014
Would I buy it? Not yet.
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100
Buy online: Winestar, Leeuwin website
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