Leeuwin Estate

Domaine Direct is very proud of its long-standing 22-year UK Agency representation for this beacon of excellence in Western Australia. Together with Vasse Felix, Moss Wood and Cullen, Leeuwin formed part of the first pioneering generation of wineries established in Margaret River in the early seventies, who were attracted to the potential of this new area some 300 kilometres south of Perth on the edge of the Indian Ocean, with its temperate climate and ideal terrain for growing grapes. Leeuwin founders Denis and Tricia Horgan’s decades of long-term investment have been rewarded with worldwide recognition of the stature of their winery. Leeuwin Estate is incontestably one of the world’s top domaines.

The greatness of their Art Series Chardonnay remains secure in the hands of winemaker Tim Lovett and his team, whilst the reds are chasing hot on its heels with a vibrant, classy Shiraz and a stand-out, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. The Prelude Vineyards range benefits from the same outstanding winemaking skills but the fruit selection is made with an eye to earlier drinking and the wines spend a slightly shorter time in oak. They provide an opportunity to taste Leeuwin’s classic Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon winemaking skills in wines that can be approached a little earlier than their iconic senior siblings whilst still sharing their ability to age magnificently.

General information

  • Country

    Australia

  • Region

    Margaret River, Western Australia

  • Total holdings

    140ha

  • Winemaker

    Tim Lovett

  • Established

    1979

  • Cultivation

    Sustainable farming

  • Website

    www.leeuwinestate.com.au

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Siblings Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 20-35 years Gravelly & sandy clay loams -
Siblings Shiraz Shiraz 22 years Gravelly & sandy clay loams over clay subsoils -
Prelude Chardonnay Chardonnay 20-40 years Gravelly & sandy clay loams over decomposed granite -
Prelude Cabernet/Merlot 91% Cabernet 9% Merlot 20-40 years Gravelly & sandy clay loams over decomposed granite -
Art Series Riesling Riesling 42 years Sandy clay loams over granite -
Art Series Chardonnay Chardonnay 20-40 years Gravelly & sandy clay loams over decomposed granite -
Art Series Shiraz Shiraz 23 years Gravelly & sandy clay loams over decomposed granite -
Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 42 years Gravelly & sandy clay loams over decomposed granite-gneiss -

Viticulture / Vinification

White wines

  • Gin Gin clone used for the Art Series Chardonnay
  • Art Series Chardonnay is from the Block 20 parcel
  • The Chardonnays are whole-bunch pressed with some skin-contact and regular lees-stirring
  • Art Series Chardonnay is 100% in new French oak
  • Prelude Vineyards sees 30% new French oak for 9 months
  • Art Series Riesling is all vinified in stainless steel
  • Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon sees 4 months 2nd & 3rd fill oak for a small proportion of the blend

Red wines

  • Pre-fermentation cold soak
  • Fermentation in open and closed fermenters at temperatures up to 30 degrees celcius
  • The Prelude Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot sees 30% new French oak for 20 months
  • The Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon sees 50% new French oak for 23 months