96 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
“A wine that combines grace and power; fruit complexity with varietal expression and savory tannins. Blackberry and plum fruits are the mainstays of the layered flavors, the darker notes worthy of the northern Rhone Valley.”
94 points James Suckling
"Lots of blackberry, blueberry and crush white pepper aromas that follow through to a beautiful palate of quartz, mineral and Indian spice. Full body. Tangy and bright acidity. Intense fruit. Yet always reserved. Screw cap."
93 points Decanter
“Sourced near Witchcliffe in the cool south. Attractive spicy fruit, medium bodied and concentrated. Restrained and approachable.”
Top 50 Margaret River buys – #43
91 points Wine & Spirits
“Brisk and cool, with coastal spice to its mellow red-cherry flavors, this turns warmer in the end, the tannins showing both salinity and cracked-green-peppercorn spice. That salt-and-pepper contrast would parallel the flavors in northern Chinese dishes like cumin beef.”
90 points Wine Spectator
“Spice, cedar and cream soda notes are generous and complement the fleshy, ripe raspberry, clove and cherry flavors at the core. Finishes with plenty of style and a fresh, vibrant detail.”
“15 Australian Wines for Every Palate”
"I was particularly impressed by the wines labelled Shiraz. From my perspective, I think these very fine wines should be labelled Syrah, to signal just how different they are from typical South Australian Shiraz... this variety clearly has a brilliant future at Leeuwin. Complex and tarry with very firm tannins. Still a baby but it's very easy to see a relation with the northern Rhone. Indeed winemaker Tim Lovett assures me it's a homage to the Rhone. Really dense but with the sleek texture and energy of a serious northern Rhone Syrah. I think in many ways this should be labelled Syrah not Shiraz. It certainly has nothing to do with most Australian Shiraz. 18/20 points."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent & ageworthy wines from each vintage. The Art Series Shiraz labels exclusively feature the artworks of Australia’s Aboriginal artists, including artworks from a number of Aboriginal artists based in the remote and spectacular Western Australia Kimberley region. Variety: 94% Shiraz, 5% Malbec, 1% Viognier. Tasting Notes: Concentrated blueberries, mulberries and plums give density to a nose that also exhibits black cardamom, anise caramel and hickory. There is subtle lift with rose petals and violets offering further fragrance. Black and blue fruits dominate the palate with upfront weight and texture. Woven fruit layers meet subtle smokey oak creating a layered palate, laced with a finely balanced acid line.