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Dry Red Wine

Leeu Passant, Dry Red Wine 2015

R975

11 in stock

Notes

'The first two varieties from Stellenbosch, the latter jointly from a Wellington vineyard planted in 1900 and a Franschhoek vineyard planted in the 1930s. Matured for 18 months in a combination of 225-litre and 500-litre barrels, 25% new. An enticing nose of violets, musk, fresh herbs, cherries, red currant and plums plus earth and spice. Pure fruit, fresh acidity and super-fine yet still appropriately grippy tannins, the finish long and bone-dry. Super-sophisticated – carefully crafted yet still possessing a certain sense of playfulness. An effort to express SA reds of yesteryear to best effect, to quote Andrea Mullineux.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 95/100

An adventure into Cape wine heritage by Chris & Andrea Mullineux and Analjit Singh.

35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc and 31% Cinsaut

Tasting notes:
This beautifully refined and elegant wine has notes of bergamot and a dark violet fragrance. The palate is structured, with fine chalky tannins, hints of spices and herbs, and fresh dark fruits. The finish is dry, vibrant, layered and long. Best served at 16-18°C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting if drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling and will reward if cellared properly over the next few decades.

Vineyard block:
From one parcel of 36 year old dry farmed bush vine Cabernet Sauvignon planted in deep alluvial soils of Stellenbosch; one 115 year old dry farmed bush vine Cinsault vineyard (South Africa's oldest registered Red Wine Vineyard) planted in deep sandy alluvial soils in Wellington; one parcel of 93 year old (SA’s 2nd oldest registered Red Wine Vineyard) dry farmed bush vine Cinsault planted on the lower eastern slopes of Franschhoek mountains; and a parcel of high altitude Cabernet Franc planted on the mid slopes of the Helderberg mountain in Stellenbosch.

About Leeu Pessant:
Since 2013, Chris and Andrea have been working on a new wine project with their partner Analjit Sing. They are excited to announce the release of a new flagship portfolio of wines called Leeu Passant - a name derived from heraldry, where a 'Lion Passant' is a walking lion. For many years, their viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, has been enthusing about special parcels of vines outside the Swartland; however, they couldn’t use these as their Mullineux and Kloof Street wines are exclusively from Swartland vineyards. Leeu Passant is the culmination of a vision shared by Chris, Andrea and Analjit, to harness these exciting vineyards to create wines under a new label in a different wine region, in their Franschhoek winery, with the same attention to detail, passion, and uncompromisingly high standards that their Swartland wines are made with.

Analysis:
Alc: 13.5% RS: 2.1 g/l TA: 5.2 g/l pH: 3.79
'The first two varieties from Stellenbosch, the latter jointly from a Wellington vineyard planted in 1900 and a Franschhoek vineyard planted in the 1930s. Matured for 18 months in a combination of 225-litre and 500-litre barrels, 25% new. An enticing nose of violets, musk, fresh herbs, cherries, red currant and plums plus earth and spice. Pure fruit, fresh acidity and super-fine yet still appropriately grippy tannins, the finish long and bone-dry. Super-sophisticated – carefully crafted yet still possessing a certain sense of playfulness. An effort to express SA reds of yesteryear to best effect, to quote Andrea Mullineux.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 95/100

An adventure into Cape wine heritage by Chris & Andrea Mullineux and Analjit Singh.

35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc and 31% Cinsaut

Tasting notes:
This beautifully refined and elegant wine has notes of bergamot and a dark violet fragrance. The palate is structured, with fine chalky tannins, hints of spices and herbs, and fresh dark fruits. The finish is dry, vibrant, layered and long. Best served at 16-18°C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting if drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling and will reward if cellared properly over the next few decades.

Vineyard block:
From one parcel of 36 year old dry farmed bush vine Cabernet Sauvignon planted in deep alluvial soils of Stellenbosch; one 115 year old dry farmed bush vine Cinsault vineyard (South Africa's oldest registered Red Wine Vineyard) planted in deep sandy alluvial soils in Wellington; one parcel of 93 year old (SA’s 2nd oldest registered Red Wine Vineyard) dry farmed bush vine Cinsault planted on the lower eastern slopes of Franschhoek mountains; and a parcel of high altitude Cabernet Franc planted on the mid slopes of the Helderberg mountain in Stellenbosch.

About Leeu Pessant:
Since 2013, Chris and Andrea have been working on a new wine project with their partner Analjit Sing. They are excited to announce the release of a new flagship portfolio of wines called Leeu Passant - a name derived from heraldry, where a 'Lion Passant' is a walking lion. For many years, their viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, has been enthusing about special parcels of vines outside the Swartland; however, they couldn’t use these as their Mullineux and Kloof Street wines are exclusively from Swartland vineyards. Leeu Passant is the culmination of a vision shared by Chris, Andrea and Analjit, to harness these exciting vineyards to create wines under a new label in a different wine region, in their Franschhoek winery, with the same attention to detail, passion, and uncompromisingly high standards that their Swartland wines are made with.

Analysis:
Alc: 13.5% RS: 2.1 g/l TA: 5.2 g/l pH: 3.79
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Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

Red

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