Leeuwenkuil, Reserve White 750ml 2018South Africa, Swartland
'This is a vintage blend of the best whites Leeuwenkuil produces from the Swartland region. 2018 has a delicate nose of white blossoms, apple and just a hint of pepper. The palate offers ripe peach and tangy pineapple flavour with an intriguing underlying chalky minerality which lingers on the finish.' – Winemaker
Alc: 13% | RS: 2.5 g/L | TA: 5.9 g/L | PH: 3.32
Tasting notes on the 2017 vintage:
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
About Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards:
Leeuwenkuil, meaning ‘Lion’s Lair’, is owned by Willie and Emma Dreyer. Situated in the Swartland, the farm dates back to 1693. When Willie and Emma began building Leeuwenkuil it was 45 hectares of vineyards but today comprises of 1,250 hectares. At Leeuwenkuil they follow a sustainable farming approach with as little interference as possible. Leeuwenkuil offers staggering value in general and caused a stir when their 2013 Shiraz was given a 92-point score in Decanter.
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