The 2017 Leeu Passant Chardonnay displays a rich and classic Chardonnay expression on the nose, leading to focused, medium-bodied palate, with the same minerality and focus as the 2016 bottling of the same range. There are oak-related notes of vanilla and almond butter, along with fruit tones of spiced apples and lemon curd. It has an acid-driven mid-palate with a clean core and rich mineral texture, ending with an energetic, long, tensioned finis. This wine possesses the ability to age gracefully for years to come.
5 Stars Platters Guide 2020
Producer Information: Leeu Passant
Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, which was founded by Analjit Singh. The partnership with Chris and Andrea Mullineux started in 2013 when Analjit, who had visited South Africa for the first time in 2010 for the FIFA World Cup, bought into Mullineux. Chris and Andrea were brought in as winemakers at Leeu Estates, enabling them to work with fruit from Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and other regions beyond Swartland. “Rosa Kruger, our viticulturalist, had for years been enthusing to us about various parcels of fruit, but as they were outside the Swartland, we couldn’t use them in Mullineux,” explains Chris.
They were keen to work with old-vine fruit, so were excited when Rosa pointed them in the direction of two of the oldest registered red wine vineyards in South Africa, both with dry farmed Cinsault bush vines.