－4－VC winter recommendationsVarietals: Shiraz 97%, Malbec 3%Alc. 13.7%20% was fermented whole bunch and all components were aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 18 months. An elegant and perfumed nose showing aromas of jasmine, lemongrass, kar leaf, galangal, fresh cut lime and lemon. Energy and vitality are at the forefront on the palate, with native nger limes and lemon sherbet, and a delicate mouthfeel gently balanced by a ne, mineral acid line. James Halliday, 95 points.Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 92%, Merlot 8%Alc. 13.6%Prelude is the second label from Leeu-win, made specically to provide delicious drinking on release, it displays the essential characteristics of Leeuwin and Margaret River. Aromas of red and black fruits are entwined with spices, coee and cacao. The ne, delicately structured palate shows delicious fruit, a bright mineral acid line and seamless tannins. Prelude also serves as a taster while you wait for the premium Art Series to age! James Halliday, 93 points.RRP￥4,200Leeuwin EstatePrelude VineyardsCabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Screw cap)CODE11443RRP￥4,600Leeuwin Estate Art SeriesShiraz 2017 (Screw cap)CODE11444〈Leeuwin 2017 Vintage Report〉 Harvest was later than normal, but it was a won-derful vintage. More rain than usual in winter delayed owering by approximately 10 days, but the owering period was blessed with ne weather and ideal fruit set. Harvest began at the end of February for Riesling, with Chardonnay in the rst week of March, followed by Sauvignon Blanc. Thanks to early summer pruning, Shiraz and Cabernet matured slowly on the vine until April, showing excellent tannin ripeness and condensed fruit avours. The 2017 Chardonnay is also outstanding, and we await the release of the Art Series.Leeuwin Estate 2017 Origin: Margaret River, Western AustraliaA delicious intro to LeeuwinA supremely condent ShirazThe size dierence in Riesling bunches from the two vineyards. Left: Springvale. Right: Polish Hill. (The pen is for comparison)Two single vineyard Rieslings aged for 10 years Clare Valley, South Australia2010 marked Jerey Grosset’s 30th vintage. Blessed with ideal weather throughout the growing season, it was the earliest harvest of high-quality fruit to date, producing wines of excellent nesse and balance. More recently, the current 2019 is also very special, with exceptionally low yields (30% less than normal) due to less winter rains and a strict cropping regime.Varietal: Riesling 100% Alc. 13.0% Residual sugar <1.0 g/L Springvale is the highest vineyard (460 m) in the Watervale region, planted on red loam over limestone for which this ‘soft rock’ site is known. Free-run juice was fermented with neutral yeast to dryness for a very low residual sugar. Lemon and lime aromatics, the palate is nely focused and powerful, with layers of avour and mouth-watering minerality. Grosset Watervale Springvale Riesling 2010 (Screw cap)CODE8015RRP￥7,800Varietal: Riesling 100% Alc. 12.8% Residual sugar <1.0 g/LPolish Hill is a single vineyard located at 460m at the base of Mt. Horrocks in the northeast of Clare Valley, a ‘hard rock’ site with shallow shale and a crust of clay marl over slate. The thin soils hamper root development, producing small berry and bunch sizes of complex, richly avoured fruit. Restrained aromatics of lime and wet stones, powerful and pristine lime avours with deep, savoury minerality. James Halli-day, 96 points.Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2010 (Screw cap)CODE8014”Soft-rock” Riesling ”Hard-rock” Riesling RRP￥6,200vs●●●Grosset WineryPolish Hill VineyardSpringvale Vineyard〈Clare Valley〉All wines are 750ml unless otherwise specied. Prices do not include Consumption Tax.