Leeu Passant Wellington Old Vines Basson Cinsault 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Wellington
R600
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‘This highly fragrant wine has an alluring nose suggesting fresh cherries, cranberry, rose petals and a hint of thyme. The palate is vibrant and silky in texture, with linear notes of pomegranate, pink peppercorns and cloves. As this wine ages the texture increasingly becomes plush and in laying it down will reward with more layers of complexity. The very fine tannins give a beautiful structure to the wine, exemplifying the Basson sense of place. Best served at 16-18°C.’ – Mullineux & Leeu

This vintage has not been rated yet, see vintage 2018 below

‘This treasured dry-farmed Cinsault vineyard is the oldest certified red wine vineyard in South Africa, planted in circa 1900 and farmed by the Mullineuxs since 2014. One of the original Old Vine Project “Certified Heritage Vineyards” that has been held up as a shining beacon of education and preservation, these gnarled deep rooted old Cinsault bush vines are planted on deep, weathered sandy Table Mountain sandstone alluvial soils which yield wines deceptively light in colour but also impressively structured, taut and rich. Producing as little as 600 kilograms of fruit in 2015, the plot has now been nursed back to rude health enough to yield two tons of fruit in 2019. 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. (Circa 1,800 bottles produced)’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100

‘Made with fruit from a vineyard planted in 1900 - and nurtured back from neglect by the Mullineux and Rosa Kruger - this is a serious Cinsault that shows the ageing potential of the grape. Grippy, stony and intense, with tangy acidity, plum and red cherry fruit and sinewy, tobacco leaf tannins. 2022-17’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 94/100

‘Off Wellington dryland bushvines, 118 years old when 2018 was harvested. Serious expression, with fine & intricate tannin weave, impressive presence at just 1.7 g/L sugar; cherry, strawberry & pot-pourri. Gently handled, wholebunch crush, mostly older oak, as all.’ – Platter’s Guide, 4.5*(93/100)

‘The 2018 Cinsault Wellington Old Vines Basson is a tricky wine to assess and needs 10–15 minutes to really cohere on the nose. It offers brambly red berry fruit, leather and Provençal herbs on the nose, eventually revealing pressed rose petals. The aromatics actually improve 24 hours after opening. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins, fine acidity, a dash of white pepper and an almost sedate, understated finish. This will be fascinating to observe maturing in bottle. 2021-2032’ – Vinous, Neal Martin, 92/100

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
Alcohol 12.5%
Body Light to medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Cinsault
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Cinsault
Technical analysis RS: 1.9 g/l | TA: 4.8 g/l | PH: 3.74
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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