Leeuwenkuil, Reserve White 750ml 2017South Africa, Swartland
The Leeuwenkuil Reserve White 2017 is very elegant and deeply complex. It offers ample citrus, fine aromatics and a minerality that is not often found in the Swartland. In summary, this is one of the bargains of the year!
‘More than lives up to tank sample tasted previously, 2017 a consummate blend, headed by chenin with 20% seven others - notably grenache blanc, marsanne, verdelho. All create complexity, individuality & freshness without assistance of oak. Modern, delicious.’ – Platter’s Guide 2020, 5* (95/100)
'Stunning value at only R140 a bottle, this new Reserve White is Chenin-based with 30% Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Colombard and Chardonnay. It’s the sort of style that the Cape does better than anyone, with citrus and honeysuckle aromas, stony minerality, nuanced wood and mid-palate texture. 2018-23.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100
'Predominantly Chenin Blanc but also including seven other varieties. White, green and yellow fruit plus dried herbs and some yeasty complexity on the nose while the palate has a good texture, moderate acidity and a savoury finish. Seamlessly assembled.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 92/100
Viticulture and vinification:
The 2017 vintage was a warm and dry, but healthy growing season. Lower yields and smaller berries contributed to a good concentration of fruit flavours. The Reserve White is a vintage blend of the best whites Leeuwenkuil produces from the Swartland region. The crop was reduced to one bunch per shoot to enhance the quality of the grapes. They were picked when their sugars were between 18 and 23.5 degrees Balling. After handpicking the grapes, they were whole-bunch pressed to retain their natural acidity. Half of the wine was fermented in 5 000L French oak barrels and the other half in stainless steel tanks, and aged for 9 months before blending and bottling.
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | TA: Tim Atkin MW | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WS: Wine Spectator