2021 Art Series Chardonnay received a soaring 98-point score from Angus Hughson of Vinous, who described it as ‘energetic, vibrant, perfectly formed and built for the longhaul’. With its power, freshness and salinity, it’s a wine that encapsulates the majesty of Margaret River, a region revered almost as much for surfing as for winemaking. It was, after all, the breaks at Redgate beach (just 5km from the estate) that first drew founder Denis, a keen surfer, there in 1970s.

2020 Art Series Cabernet is a genuine showstopper, ‘full, rich and dense, but with a mineral thread’ in senior winemaker Tim’s words. It was awarded 97 points by Wine Advocate’s Erin Larkin.

Art Series Shiraz has long been hailed by Jancis Robinson as an “under the radar” wine of supreme elegance, of which the 2021 – made with 30% whole-bunches and raised in 600L demi-muids (all in the name of delicacy and aromatic lift) – is a classic example.

The 2023 Art Series Riesling, from Margaret River’s oldest planting of Riesling, combines electrifying acidity with complexity and texture (resulting from extra lees stirring in ’23). Tim confesses he’s ‘in love with this wine,’ and he’s not alone.

We’re grateful to Simone for agreeing, for the first time, to pack the Chardonnay and Cabernet in six-bottle cases. This reinforces how favourably they compare, price-wise, to wines of equal quality from other regions. The same applies in spades to the Shiraz and Riesling (both 12-bottle cases), which are available at the en primeur exclusive price equating to £33.20 and £27.20 per bottle inc. duty and VAT.

Now is the time for the uninitiated to jump on board and discover the Art Series from Leeuwin Estate, while long-term followers will not want to miss out on these releases which represent a high watermark for the estate 45 years on from Denis and Tricia’s first vintage.