We believe that Leeuwin is the No. 1 Chardonnay producer in Australia, and the 2009 “Prelude Vineyards” bottling does nothing to dissuade. The rich nose evokes spiced pear, lime, wet stones and nuts. In the mouth, the wine picks up more tropical fruit notes, leading to a lingering, nutty finish. With age, expect this already engaging wine to become even more complex.
MSRP: $36 (November 2011)
Wine Lines rating: 91