The 2017 Leeu Passant Dry Red Wine offers bigger and bolder Cabernet aromas on the nose, with a pleasing dark-berried expression with nostalgic rusticity. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is still tight on the palate, with a soft herbal edge of delicate green peppers and a faint minerality. It has a complex balance of minerality and fruit, with the correctness of expression, ending with bold dark fruits on the long and thoughtful finish. This is a wine that will age gracefully for years to come.
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.