Leeuwin Estate Prelude Chardonnay, 2009

Leeuwin Estate Prelude ChardonnayThe wine of the week in today’s SMH Good Living section is the 2009 Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay from Margaret River.

Huon Hooke writes:

Playing second-fiddle to the most famous chardonnay in the land hasn’t always been easy but the Prelude has improved enormously in recent vintages. With the ’09, it’s breathing down the $96 Art Series Chardonnay’s neck. A rich bouquet offers roasted hazelnut and toasty aromas together with lemon juice, grapefruit and fresh herbs. It’s full-bodied, rich and deep, combining fruit sweetness with lively acidity, lots of power and palate impact. This is great value chardonnay. Drink now to 2016 onwards. 13 per cent alcohol. 93/100

Food:  Ripe brie cheese; prawn and saffron risotto; cold prawns and mayonnaise; scallops with rocket salad.

This is a wine to cellar.

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