What comes to mind when we mention Australian wines? Fun wines, full of fruit, high in alcohol, easy to enjoy . . . Bold rich Shiraz, buttery oaky Chardonnay . . . Wines for easy drinking at the beach with a few “shrimp on the barbie?”
Indeed Australia is known for large wineries that blend across regions and make large quantities of reliably delicious and approachable wines year after year. Teams of highly trained graduates from the University of Adelaide go to work in wineries owned by experienced northern hemisphere industry leaders. State of the art wine making equipment blends that art into the science of making wines to please. With over 60% of the country’s wine business coming from exports, pleasing the crowd pays the bills. Pleasant is good. Pleasant is sometimes even great. Isn’t it fun though when we find something outstanding?
Leeuwin Estate is known to be among the best wineries of the region and for good reasons. Their site was hand picked by Robert Mondavi who acted as consultant. The business is family run. They have good dirt. Gravelly soils drain well – which is great for the vines. They have state of the art facilities – a trademark of Australian winemaking in general. They value quality over quantity carefully choosing which blocks of land produce fruit for their desired styles.