2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $55)

SKU #1338648 97 points Bob Campbell

 Deep red/purple: an outstanding color in depth and hue. The bouquet is clean, fresh and alive, with bright black fruit and violet aromas, touches of cedar and toasty oak, the palate very deep and concentrated, with lush fruit and abundant tannins, which counter-balance the fruit and sweetness. A powerful yet elegant Cabernet with a very long and distinguished future ahead of it. An outstanding, profound wine. (HH, Real Review)  (6/2017)

96 points James Halliday

 The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors.The '13 regional vintage was highly rated at the time, a rating justified today. Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new). *Special Value Selection*

96 points James Suckling

 Aromas of black licorice, black berry and rust. Hot stone. Full body, layered and juicy with loads of fresh fruit and chewy tannins. Sexy, muscular cabernet with tone and focus. Screw cap. Hard not to drink now.  (7/2017)

94 points Decanter

 Ripe, sweet blackcurrant fruit that is wonderfully concentrated, deep and long, with impressive weight. This has elegance, great finesse and finishes gently firm.

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is elegant and finessed, with aromas of bright red currant, cedar, smoke, pencil lead, rose, bay leaf and baking spices. The medium-bodied palate offers tobacco and red berry flavors ensconced in ultrafine, leathery tannins. There’s oak influence, but it is well integrated with the fruit. *Editors’ Choice* (CP)  (8/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Leeuwin's 2013 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon may be the best version of this wine I've ever tasted. It manages to be ripe and rich while still being svelte and medium-bodied. Baking spices and cedar appear on the nose, but this isn't an oaky wine - those elements are just seasoning for the red and black currant fruit. A creamy note builds the mid-palate without adding excess weight, while hints of sage and bay leaf linger on the silky finish. (JC)  (12/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A bright mouthful of cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, full of energy and transparency to the notes of mineral, dried herb, toast, vanilla and dense espresso. Shows plenty of power on a velvety frame. (MW)  (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec. 23 months in oak. Bright crimson with ruby rim. There’s a lovely touch of spice on the nose to add to the leafy, pure cassis fragrance. And a light rocky note suggesting dryness. Dark and more savoury on the palate, super-fine tannins and very natural-tasting freshness. Long and elegant and still a long way to go. Long mouth-watering finish. (JH)  (2/2019)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2018 | Send Email
A lion of the Aussie Cabernet world, Leeuwin's Art Series Cab absolutely shines in 2013, with an immediate hit of currant confit and cherry fruits that seem to combine intensity of flavor with freshness, purity and acidity that suggests fruit from a very well adapted, nicely mature site. Great Cab for your cellar (if you can resist drinking these bottles in the near term...)

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2018 | Send Email
This label is fast gaining recognition amongst critics and consumers as being one of the top wines coming out of Australia, right alongside Penfolds "Grange" and Henschke "Hill of Grace". Top scores each vintage are well deserved and easily justified when you taste the perfect balance this wine showcases. This vintage is showing a little more accessible and generous than previous, which is a nice counterpoint to Leeuwin's generally structured wines. This is undoubtedly a high-end Cabernet perfectly suited for special occasions.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2018 | Send Email
There is a serious argument that Leeuwin is the finest Cabernet producer in the Margaret River and certainly finds it's place in the top wines of Australia and the world. Dark and intense, but amazingly fresh. This is a wine not to be missed. The perfect balance makes it a candidate for drinking now, but it is guaranteed to age beautifully and continue to develop even more of the savory cedar box, tobacco, and mint notes. The toasty oak notes are seamlessly integrated into the wine already. With the huge list of big scores on this wine, it's obvious that the quality is there. But more importantly to me, this wine stands out even in a lineup of K&L favorites.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2018 | Send Email
This wine is consistently great, there is a reason Leeuwin has the reputation that they do. This is the boldest, richest wine that I have had from them. It still has that classic red fruit but it is heavier and darker, it is almost dank, in the best possible way. The fruit is accentuated with a savory earthy, spice notes, you cannot keep yourself from going back to nose it again and again. The heaviness of the nose is not echoed on the palate. It is full and intense but structured and delineated. Rich, complex, great fruit foiled by savory complexity, bold but not heavy. This is great Cab from a Great producer and the best thing about it is drinking great now. That was a lot of greats, and it deserves every one of them.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2018 | Send Email
I reviewed the 2012 vintage of this wine nearly a year ago and my adoration of the property has only magnified since then. A perennial over-achiever, this gem has the chops to withstand a few decades of cellaring and at the price-point, there isn't much to compare it to. This beauty shows classic Margaret River structure and notes of dried herbs, menthol and dark fruits. There's a very good reason Robert Mondavi was mulling over the notion of purchasing the estate back in the '70s - as it produces world-class wines with each passing vintage. This one is a no-brainer. Drink now and over the next twenty years.

By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2018 | Send Email
Leeuwin Estates is one of Margret River’s founding wineries, and the grapes classified by the winemaker as “Art Series” worthy are only selected from the pinnacle of the estate fruit. The sandy, loamy soils of these vineyards force the vine roots down into the fractured granite below insuring vine stress and true mineral expressions. This terroir can only produce profound wines when paired with persistent cold winds like the ones howling off the Indian Ocean through these same Leeuwin vineyards. The 2013 Art Series Cab greets you with boysenberry, blueberry, and eucalyptus that is decorated with the clear aromas of broken rock and thin, dusty soils. Secondary notes of twiggy bay leaf, raspberry, and coffee percolate as you return for sniff after revealing sniff. The palate is well structured with mid-weight tannins and an even presence through the mid palate and the ample finish. Beautiful on its own, but I can see this wine being even more enjoyable as a partner with a meal and several glasses!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5