0 Points Robert Parker
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Art Series is medium garnet in color with baked berry, dried fruit and Provencal herbs notes; it is fading just a bit and needs drinking up, if this bottle is anything to judge by.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. March, 2016
95 Points James Halliday
An incredibly fresh and vibrant bouquet of red fruit, intermingled with cassis, oak and a little fresh herb edge; the palate is very fleshy on entry, and tightens up on the long, ample and lively finish; good fruit sweetness, and the structure suggests a long and healthy life ahead. Drink to 2020.
Source: James Halliday. February, 2009
"The Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 100% estate grown fruit – older vines, original plantings. The 2004 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet color and intense aromas of crushed black currant and dried Mediterranean herbs, plus tree moss and peppercorns. Medium bodied with very fine grained tannins and crisp acidity, the flavors are concentrated and well balanced giving a long finish. Drink it now to 2020+.
“Back in the 1970s Margaret River was dying – the wine business established it,” Leeuwin Estate’s Denis Horgan told me as we gazed over his impressive winery, restaurant and concert hall operation. “This area used to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country previously.” Have a brief drive around Margaret River and its environs and you’ll soon know that the region’s lifeblood these days is wine and its heart is Horgan’s Leeuwin Estate, established in 1975. Never one to do things by half, Horgan’s continually high standards at Leeuwin maintains it as one of the region’s benchmarks. Since Bob Cartwrights’s retirement as Chief Winemaker, Paul Atwood, who is a bit of an institution himself having already made wine there for more than 13 years, has adeptly filled his shoes. Prelude Chardonnay is made just like the Art Series but is blended from a selection of cuvees for earlier drinking. It receives no indigenous ferments and no oxidative handling. The key difference is that there is more forward fruit in Prelude than the Art Series, which is of course designed to age. About 2/3 of the total Chardonnay blocks are fermented in 100% new oak, so that equates to around 40% new oak on the Prelude and it usually spends about 1 year in barrel. The Chardonnays don’t normally go through malo-lactic but for example Paul told me they did use 25% in 2006 because it was a cool vintage. The final difference is that Prelude uses some purchased fruit whereas Art Series is always 100% estate grown."
The Wine Advocate, # 191 Oct 2010