I have generally not found Leeuwin Estate’s cabernet sauvignon to be particularly agreeable in prior vintages. There is word however from the winery that their vineyard management is changing to let some more light in to produce a riper cabernet style. Accordingly, with a successful producer such as Leeuwin, this will be a wine to watch. Meanwhile, at least for this 2006 vintage, the wine is still identifiably in the Leeuwin capsicum/boot polish cabernet mould, and such is its identifiability of style, I even correctly identified this wine in a blind line-up.
The 2006 vintage of Leeuwin’s cabernet opened to an aroma of spicy oak smoke and green capsicum, moving then to notes of rubber, boot polish, iodine and a touch of tea leaves. On the palate, it is a dry wine, with medium acidity and length, and green capsicum flavours. Certainly objectively this is a pleasant enough wine, and I can see that it is getting there, but stylistically it remains a style that does not really appeal to me. 86-87 points (very good)
Vendors: try Nicks
Tasted: April 2012