Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2018 à € 57,50 per fles
Leeu Passant Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 à € 32,50 per fles
Leeu Passant Old Vines Franschhoek Lötter Cinsault 2018 à € 57,50 per fles
Leeu Passant Old Vines Wellington Basson Cinsault 2017 à € 57,50 per fles
Leeu Passant Dry Red Wine 2017 à € 85,00 per fles
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Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2018
Matured for 18 months in French oak, 30% new. Pear, white peach, citrus, oatmeal and some struck match on the nose. Excellent fruit concentration without being unduly weighty, punchy acidity and a saline finish. Great focus and detail – this has layers and layers of flavour.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Leeu Passant Dry Red 2017
A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cinsault and 18% Cabernet Franc sourced from various vineyards. Some reduction before red and black fruit, rose petal and fresh herbs on the nose. More heft on the palate (alcohol: 14.5%) than previous vintages – rich and smooth textured, the tannins supple, the finish long and dry. Relatively showy compared to the light-bodied and herbal 2015 and the seamless and very deft 2016.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.
Leeu Passant Wellington Basson Cinsault 2017
From SA’s oldest registered red wine vineyard, planted in 1990. Matured for 20 months in 250-litre French oak barrels. A top note of rose before cranberry, raspberry and wild strawberry to go with hints of herbs and earth. Lovely fruit definition, bright acidity and tannins that are fine yet somehow still grippy, the finish long and dry. Has the variety’s inherent modesty about it but nevertheless compelling.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
Leeu Passant Franschhoek Lötter Cinsault 2018
From a 1932 vineyard. Matured for 20 months in 500-litre barrels. Plums, cherries and spice on the nose. The palate is juicy, round and relatively soft. Gives the perception of sweetness, this only in the best sense (the wine is technically dry) and the tannins are very fine.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Grapes from a 39-year-old Firgrove site and two parcels on the Helderberg. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 12 months in 500-litre barrels and then 10 months in foudre. Red and black fruit, fresh herbs and violets on the nose. Lovely fruit weight – neither too light nor too heavy. Nicely poised with plenty of energy and crunch to the tannins. A very stylish take on Stelenbosch Cab.
CE’s rating: 93/100.