2017 Leeu Passant Dry Red, Mullineux, Swartland

The culmination of the other wines of the estate is the Dry Red, inspired by the South African reds of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. At this time, wines labelled as Cabernet Sauvignon would frequently have a considerable proportion of Cinsault, and this is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Cinsault, with grapes from the aforementioned vineyards included in the blend. In its youth, this is structured and intense, but with bottle age it’s sure to flourish.

Critic score
96/100
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Bottle
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£85.48
Case, 6 Bottles
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£512.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Swartland, Coastal Region, South Africa
  • Grape
    56% Cabernet Sauvignon
    26% Cinsault
    18% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2035
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14.5%
2017 Leeu Passant Dry Red, Mullineux, Swartland

TASTING NOTES

Co-fermented where possible, according to Chris Mullineux, this is the third vintage of this subtle, refined Western Cape cuvée of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with 26% Cinsault and 18% Cabernet Franc. It's a very complete, self-assured wine with layered tannins, grassy red berry fruit, fine balance and crunchy acidity. A true modern classic.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
96/100

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