Leeuwin Estate – did I mention cult wines?

Still going through Denise’s GSS price list (18% off normal) and had a look at Leeuwin Estate and Lenton Brae.

With Leeuwin Estate, put Art Series in front of the grape and you can put big dollar signs in front of the price. Lovely wines, (the chardonnay regularly gets 97 points) but I can’t make them fit into my BBI, not even close, so forget the Art Series as a possible bargain and have a look instead at:

2008 / Leeuwin Estate / Siblings / Margaret River / Sauvignon Blanc Semillon / S$41.66 – Halliday and Oliver both agree (wow!) at 94 points and drinking now. With a RRP of A$24, it just slips inside my BBI for value.

On a pure value comparison, the Lenton Brae wins out. The prices of these two wines are a good 10% below where I’d expect them to be.

2008 / Lenton Brae / Southside / Margaret River / Chardonnay / S$35.92 – A 90 pointer according to Gourmet Traveller Wine, drinking to 2013 and RRP A$24 in Australia.

2007 / Lenton Brae / Wilyabrup / Margaret River / Chardonnay / S$56.41 – Usual lowest to highest – Jeremy Oliver gives it 89 points, Gourmet Traveller Wine gives it 91 points, and James Halliday gives it 95 points. All agree it’s drinking to about 2015/2016, and with a RRP of A$45, this is good buying.

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