Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Shiraz

Leeuwin ceased production of shiraz from its home block years ago as the site didn’t seem to work. Today, its top shiraz comes from a site further south and further inland, with cooler night temperatures that benefitted this warmer vintage. The result is pretty and elegant, a beautifully fragrant shiraz, with violet and rose petal perfume intermingling with notes of pomegranate and white pepper. One quarter whole bunch fermentation lends a subtle effect, leaving the focus to refined red cherry and plum fruit, accented by very finely textured tannins and the vibrant acidity of this cool site. $30 at Nicks (2010). $36 direct (2011).