Leeu Passant Dry Red 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Western Cape
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‘The well -integrated proportions of the 2019 blend are reflected in this wine with an inviting wave of cassis, dried bramble and Bergamot orange on the nose and a firm structure, silky tannins and beautifully seamless finish. This wine is something very special and will requite if cellared optimally over the next few decades. It is best served at 16-18°C and will greatly benefit from decanting in its youth.’ – Mullineux & Leeu

This vintage has not been rated, see vintage 2018 below

‘The impressive wine is formed of two old vine Cinsault blocks (Basson and Lotter), three Cabernet Sauvignon parcels and Cabernet Franc from the Helderberg. The 2018 is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cinsault (in 2018 mostly Basson and lesser amounts of the opulent Lotter), with the Basson Cinsault being whole bunch fermented. Some of the Cinsault is co-fermented with the 40+ year old Cabernet Sauvignon while the Cabernet Franc, planted in the early 1990s, if vinified separately. The Dry Red traditionally sees the components aged 12 months in 500 litre oak barrels separately before being blended and aged for another 12 months in large 2000-litre old oak foudre. The wine now also spends an extra year in bottle “because when it was released earlier, the Cinsault component seemed to dominate the style. Now with the extra 12 months in bottle it is a far more harmonious wine”, according to Chris Mullineux. Almost 10,000 bottles were produced in 2018 compared to circa 4,000 bottles in 2015, the maiden vintage. My experience of tasting this wine has sometimes been somewhat of a challenge because in its early years, the individual components often seemed to intermittently compete with one another for aromatic and flavour dominance. The extra years ageing in bottle has been a game-changer. The wine is now so incredibly lifted and perfumed with a real melange of red currant, wild strawberry, pressed violets and vanilla pod spice bursting out the glass. There is such magnificent purity, precision and a real synergy that shines through the wine. The palate is incredibly dense, textured and luxuriously opulent, packed full of fleshy red cherry and cranberry pastille fruits, Turkish delight and red currant jelly. Perhaps it’s the vintage or perhaps it’s just the extra bottle age but this wine seems so much more complete with less obvious sapidity and spice and much more harmonious fleshy layers of red fruit and creamy, savoury tannins. This is an absolute triumph of a wine and a flagship vintage Dry Red that single-handedly announces the true ‘arrival’ of the entire Leeu Passant project. Drink this phenomenal wine on release and over the next 30+ years.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 97/100

‘Inspired by mid-20th century red blends. In 500L barrels (30% new) for the 1st year, old wooden vats for the 2nd, 18 months in bottle (previously 6) to respect its heritage vineyards. 2018’s fine-strung tannin frame delicately wrapped by pristine red & black fruit, the finish endless. Cab (63%), cab franc (22%) & cinsaut. WO W Cape. More cinsaut in 2017 (4.5 stars, 93 pts)’ – Platter’s Guide, 5*(95/100)

‘The Dry Red is something of a tribute to the Cape blends of the mid-20th century, with Cabernet Sauvignon partnered by 21% Cabernet Franc and 16% Cinsault. Floral aromas lead into a palate that's firm and grippy, with dark berry fruit, some underlying freshness and toasty 30% new wood. 2021-27’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 94/100

‘The 2018 Dry Red Wine, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and 16% Cinsault, has a dense, slightly opaque nose that needs some time to open in the glass. Even 24 hours after opening, it feels quite reticent. The well-defined palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and gentle grip, and a little tight on the soy- and menthol-tinged finish. I would afford this a couple of years to open. 2023-2033’ – Vinous, Neal Martin, 91/100

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Full-bodied
Blend information 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cinsault
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Blend
Technical analysis RS: 2.3g/l |TA: 5.0 g/l | PH: 3.68
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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