Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1981

At 34 years of age, this is a Margaret River cabernet from what seems like another time and in fact is from another century.  It has survived rather well, particularly considering it was produced in  Leeuwin Estate’s fledgling third commercial vintage.  It resembles an old left bank Bordeaux in style in the glass, carrying well its years and its modest 12.7% alcohol.  A graceful Haut-Médoc from a fifth growth or good cru bourgeois just holding on perhaps.  Blackcurrant, earth, cigar box and good length, this is a delicate wine from Leeuwin Estate nearing its dotage but still providing much enjoyment.

Rating: Very Good
Abv: 12.7%
Price: N/A
Vendors and website: http://leeuwinestate.com.au
Tasted: 2015

Published by Sean Mitchell

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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