Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2018 Bottle size: 1500ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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'Andrea Mullineux makes this brilliant Chardonnay from a cool, False Bay-influenced vineyard at 600 metres on the Helderberg, using full malolactic, even in a warm, dry year like 2018 and 30% new wood. Leesy, vivid and focused, it has racy, stony acidity and flavours of lemongrass and buttered toast. 2021-26' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 96/100

'The 2018 Chardonnay has a very attractive bouquet with detailed scents of dried honey, yellow plum and touches of mango and beeswax. I could nose this all day! The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry, sporting gorgeous notes of orange peel and mango, and just a touch of spice toward the finish, which has a subtle resinous quality. Complex and engaging, this is a marvelous Chardonnay from Mr. and Mrs. Mullineux. Drink 2022-2038.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 95/100 (Apr 2021)

'Matured for 18 months in French oak, 30% new. Pear, white peach, citrus, oatmeal and some struck match on the nose. Excellent fruit concentration without being unduly weighty, punchy acidity and a saline finish. Great focus and detail – this has layers and layers of flavour.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 95/100

'Maritime influenced vines for 2018, bright lemon & orange citrus aromas & flavours edged with savoury, rapier-like acidity. Shade off 2017 (5 stars, 97 pts)’s purity, with oak aromas - rather than flavours or tannins - to the fore mid-2020. Bunch press, ferment/year in 225/500L oak, 30% new, unfiltered.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'This Chardonnay has aromas of yellow stone fruits with hints of cloves. The textured palate has notes of peaches and lemon curd, with a touch of salinity and well integrated oak character, all balanced by a zesty acidity. The finish is long, with a beautiful purity. Best served at 10-12°C, this wine will show optimally when decanted within the first 3 years after bottling and will reward if cellared properly over 10 years.' – Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker

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Condition New
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating TA 96
Technical analysis RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 6.8 g/L | PH: 3.32
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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