Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (review)

86 points

From Margaret River, Western Australia 13.9%

Bought from a cooled cabinet in Perth (though I don’t know how long the wine had been in this nice cellar).

Dark brick red. Aromas of shellfish (mussels) and dried herbs, not entirely pleasant. Some leather and tiny touch of vinegar – all to be expected on a wine of this age, which appeared well cellared. Nice drinking but a bit flat, the last few years have not improved this wine, I’m sure it was better drinking in the 1990s.

I’m a big fan of Leeuwin Estate cabernet (though a bit concerned by the high alcohol levels of recent vintages). It is a serious savoury wine. I had high hopes for this 91, which were not fulfilled. Perhaps Australian cabernet should not be kept for more than ten years ?

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