News Leeu Passant – winemag
While Andrea and Chris Mullineux focus exclusively on Swartland when it comes to wines labeled under their surname, Leeu Passant allows them to explore the rest of Cape Town and work with other grape varieties and what an impressive portfolio that is. turns out to be. Tasting notes and notes for new versions as follows:
Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2019
Grapes from a Helderberg vineyard. Spontaneous fermentation before aging for 20 months in French oak barrels of 225 liters, 30% new. A top note of a match struck before peach and citrus fruits as well as notes of vanilla and oak spices. The palate is rich and creamy – extremely concentrated and tangy acidity gives it momentum. Impactful and yet marked by accuracy. Always so grandiose and impressive.
CE rating: 94/100.
Leeu Passant Wellington Basson Cinsault 2018
Grapes from a 1900 vineyard on alluvial soils. 100% whole bunch fermented in vats before being aged for 20 months in French oak barrels of 500 liters. Strawberry and plum with some floral scent and spices in the background. The palate is light and elegant – a nice clarity of fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins, the long and dry finish (alcohol is 13%). Quite charming.
CE rating: 93/100.
Leeu Passant Franschhoek Lötter Cinsault 2018
Grapes from a 1932 vineyard on clay and sandstone rich in iron. Vinification largely as above. Nice aromas of black cherry, plum, rose and herbs while the palate is well structured and relatively substantial (alcohol is 14%) with good purity of fruit, crisp acidity and fine tannins. A year in the bottle sees this filling very well.
CE rating: 94/100.
Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Grapes from a 40 year old Firgrove site, two plots on the Helderberg and one in the Polkadraai Hills. Aging 20 months in 500 liter barrels, 30% of which are new. The nose presents a pronounced leafy note as well as blackcurrant and earth. The palate is light with vibrant acidity and a very dry finish. – tightly coiled and quite austere (alcohol is 13.5%). It is a discreet wine that will appeal to those with a more classic sensibility, but the mid-palate is undoubtedly lacking.
CE rating: 91/100.
Leeu Passant Dry Red Wine 2018
Price: R1 060
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and 16% Cinsault. Aging 12 months in French oak barrels of 500 liters, 30% new before blending and return to 2000 liters casks for eight months. “A tribute to the South African heritage”, says Chris Mullineux, this wine inspired by the great blends of yesteryear.
Enticing aromas of red and black berries, violets, some foliage and appealing oak, while the palate is full of clarity and energy – luscious fruit, crisp acidity and supple tannins. The whole being greater than the sum of the parts, the 2018 is perhaps the most refined version yet.
CE rating: 96/100.
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