Leeu Passant Wellington Old Vines Basson Cinsault 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Wellington
R600
In stock
(Only 42 left)
95
GS
'This vineyard always shows plenty of structure, power and focus and the 2018 vintage is considered one of the most structured yet. In its current youthful state, the aromatics are distinctively stony and mineral but also fabulously perfumed showing notes of potpourri, lavender, bramble berries, fynbos and Turkish delight. The palate is incredibly precise and foursquare with a polished structure and frame you just don’t expect from such a delicately fragrant wine. The texture is dense and tightly packed, the wine concentrated and intense but also deceptively light on its feet revealing notes of cranberry, red cherry and wild strawberries on the finish all supported by the most powdery, silky tannins imaginable. A difficult wine even for me to put accurately into words because it is so evocative on both an emotional level as well as on a sensorial level. Drink this wine from release and over the next 30+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100

'Grapes from a 1900 vineyard on alluvial soils. 100% whole-bunch fermented in tank before being matured for 20 months in 500-litre French oak barrels. Strawberry and plums with some floral perfume and spice in the background. The palate is light and elegant – lovely clarity of fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins, the finish long and dry (alcohol is 13%). Entirely charming.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
Alcohol 13%
Body Light-bodied
Blend information 100% Cinsault
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Cinsault
Rating GS 95
Technical analysis RS: 1.7 g/L | TA: 5.0 g/L | PH: 3.52
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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