Leeu Passant Franschhoek Old Vines Lötter Cinsault 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Franschhoek
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From a magical parcel of dry-land bush vine Cinsault planted in 1932 in the clay rich soils of the eastern slopes of the Hawekwa mountains in Franschhoek. This is South Africa’s second oldest registered red wine vineyard which Leeu Passant has been caring for since 2014.
'Andrea Mullineux used to make Lötter as a Cape Winemakers' Guild auction lot, but the 3,000 bottles are now sold under the Leeu Passant label. Rose petal and Turkish delight aromas segue into a palate that's surprisingly dense and concentrated with sappy, old-vine complexity. 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'Grapes from a 1932 vineyard on clay and iron-rich sandstone. Winemaking largely as above. Beautiful aromatics of black cherry, plums, rose, and herbs while the palate is well structured and relatively substantial (alcohol is 14%) with good fruit purity, bright acidity, and fine tannins. A year in bottle sees this filling out very nicely.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 94/100

'The large Cinsault berries in the Lotter vineyard develop thick dark skins and yield a skin to juice ratio not dissimilar to small Cabernet Sauvignon berries. This wine was matured for 20 months in 500 litre French oak barrels and shows a fascinatingly different expression to their Basson Old Vine Cinsault from Wellington. Fabulously red fruited, the bouquet shines with crushed rose petals, sweet red plums, sun ripened red currants, macerated cherries and exotic Turkish delight nuances. Fuller, rounder and more opulently fleshy on the palate, the generosity of fruit belies a density, depth and concentration supported by a plump, textured mouth feel enlivened with hints of sapidity, hedgerow herbaceousness and mulled wine Christmas spices. Beautifully sweet, well honed tannins leave a lasting impression on the long plush finish. A wine still playing its cards close to its chest, but suggests great rewards lie in store for those willing to cellar their bottles for a further 5 to 8+ years before revisiting.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93+/100

'Like sibling, from a venerable parcel, dry-farmed bushvines planted 1932 in sandstone on Franschhoek’s eastern slopes, 2018 shows impressive concentration from vine age, aspect & natural low 3 t/ha yield, great density of fruit & tannins. Perhaps less appeal upfront than Basson, as beautifully dry, persistent & ageworthy.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'The heavier soils express more density in the wine, and this is accentuated further by the dry 2018 vintage. Together they bring a serious presence and weight to the wine. The intensely aromatic nose is full of red berry and fynbos character. The palate is big on flavour, showing succulent mixed berries and some savoury, meaty notes. The grippy tannins give structure, texture and length. Best served at 16-18°C.' – Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
Alcohol 14%
Body Light-bodied
Blend information 100% Cinsault
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Cinsault
Rating TA 95
Technical analysis RS: 1.6 g/L | TA: 4.7 g/L | PH: 3.6
Producer information Since 2013, Chris and Andrea Mullineux have been working on a new project that focuses on vineyards outside of the Swartland appellation which have been specially selected by Rosa Kruger. Together with their partner Analijt Singh they launched their game changing Leeu Passant wines. Produced from old vines, including the oldest registered red wine vineyard in South Africa, these wines redefine the South African wine landscape. Their inspiration comes from past successes of the 50s, 60s and 70s, like Château Libertas and Rustenberg Dry Red. Their wines speak of South Africa's heritage and bring the unique wines of the past into the future.
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