Leeuwin Estate, in Australia’s famous Margaret River region, was purchased by a wealthy Perth businessman in 1969, and initially slated to be used for cattle grazing. Luckily for the world’s wine lovers, Californian wine Icon Robert Mondavi visited three years later, and recognised the estate’s enormous potential for wine growing. Leeuwin Estate benefits from a near-perfect microclimate, surrounded by forests and stunning natural scenery, and is highly regarded as one of Australia’s greatest wine producers.
In Australia, Riesling is usually found in the high altitude Clare and Eden Valleys of South Australia. 2,500km away, in Margaret River, Leeuwin Estate make a very rare example of Western Australian Riesling. Luckily the winery is in a perfect location, south enough to be cool enough for Riesling and protected from the elements. Showing vibrant and pure aromatics, this wine (like many Rieslings) has tremendous potential for ageing (if you can wait!).