Leeu Passant, Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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The Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2018 is one of the highly-rated wines on Tim Atkin MW's 2020 South Africa Special Report.

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This single vineyard of Chardonnay is planted on the higher loam-based slopes of Helderberg Mountain. The site has a maritime influence that allows the fruit to be harvested with incredible intensity of flavour and zesty freshness.

Tasting notes:
'Andrea Mullineux makes this brilliant Chardonnay from a cool, False Bay-influenced vineyard at 600 metres on the Helderberg, using full malolactic, even in a warm, dry year like 2018 and 30% new wood. Leesy, vivid and focused, it has racy, stony acidity and flavours of lemongrass and buttered toast. 2021-26' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 96/100

'The 2018 Chardonnay has a very attractive bouquet with detailed scents of dried honey, yellow plum and touches of mango and beeswax. I could nose this all day! The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry, sporting gorgeous notes of orange peel and mango, and just a touch of spice toward the finish, which has a subtle resinous quality. Complex and engaging, this is a marvelous Chardonnay from Mr. and Mrs. Mullineux. Drink 2022-2038.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 95/100 (Apr 2021)

'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.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 95/100

'This Chardonnay has aromas of yellow stone fruits with hints of cloves. The textured palate has notes of peaches and lemon curd, with a touch of salinity and well integrated oak character, all balanced by a zesty acidity. The finish is long, with a beautiful purity. Best served at 10-12°C, this wine will show optimally when decanted within the first 3 years after bottling and will reward if cellared properly over 10 years.' – Winemaker

More Information
Alcohol 13.5%
Technical analysis RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 6.8 g/L | PH: 3.32
Variety Chardonnay
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Rating TA 96
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux
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Producer information Since 2013, Chris and Andrea Mullineux have been working on a new project that focuses on vineyards outside of the Swartland appellation which have been specially selected by Rosa Kruger. Together with their partner Analijt Singh they launched their game changing Leeu Passant wines. Produced from old vines, including the oldest registered red wine vineyard in South Africa, these wines redefine the South African wine landscape. Their inspiration comes from past successes of the 50s, 60s and 70s, like Château Libertas and Rustenberg Dry Red. Their wines speak of South Africa's heritage and bring the unique wines of the past into the future.
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com  |  AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com  |  CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za  |  DEC: Decanter  |  GS: Greg Sherwood MW  |  JS: James Suckling  |  JR: JancisRobinson.com  |  JD: Jeb Dunnuck  |  NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show  |  PG: Platter's Guide  |  ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com  |  TA: Tim Atkin MW  |  VIN: Vinous.com  |  WA: Wine Advocate  |  WE: Wine Enthusiast  |  WM: Winemag.co.za Report  |  WS: Wine Spectator