Leeu Passant Radicales Libres 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Klein Karoo
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'A chance for Andre Mullineux to let her hair down, Radicales Libres is a tribute to the oxidatively handled whites of López de Heredia in Spain. Made from Klein Karoo Chardonnay, it’s a bready, layered white with notes of salted almonds, rancio and a chiselled finish. Drink 2021-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 96/100

'Chardonnay from Barrydale in Klein Karoo, matured 5 years in oak in evaporative environment à la Rioja, previously Andrea Mullineux’s CWG wine. Arresting citrus tang on nose & palate, 2016 profoundly dry with salted almond savouriness, satisfying tannin tug. Shade less scintillating acid than 2015 (5 stars, 95 pts).' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)

'The Radicales Libres Chardonnay from Andrea Mullineux under the Leeu Passant label is, in a word, unorthodox. Grapes from the Tradouw Highlands outside Barrydale in the Klein Karoo, the wine is handled oxidatively throughout the winemaking process, maturation in barrel lasting five years. 'Anything that can happen to it, has happened to it,' says Mullineux. Barrels are racked once a year and are kept topped with themselves so the style is closer to traditional Rioja white than Jura – a natural concentration takes place but no real flor develops. I recall being slightly non-plussed by the maiden 2014 vintage (as sold at the 2019 CWG Auction) and then very much taken with the 2015 (as sold at the 2020 CWG Auction). The 2016 vintage, in turn, grew on me rather than being instantly appealing. The nose shows citrus plus subtle nutty, earthy, yeasty notes as well as a touch of flinty reduction. Great depth of flavour on the palate as you might expect while in terms of structure, there is plenty of weight and texture but also snappy acidity, the finish long and saline.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

'The 2016 Chardonnay Radicales Libres comes across very yeasty on a flor-tinged nose that takes some getting used to if you are not accustomed to this style of wine. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and a waxy texture, again, quite flor-like toward the finish. It gains more freshness with time, though it never quite blossoms into anything profoundly complex. I preferred the 2012 tasted a couple of years ago, but this is still an intriguing and distinctive wine. Drink 2021-2030.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100 (Nov 2021)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
Alcohol 14.5%
Body Medium to full-bodied
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating TA 96
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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