South African fine wine launch celebrates history of region

23 March, 2017

Winemaking duo Chris and Andrea Mullineux are releasing a new flagship portfolio of fine wines inspired by the culture, terroir, history and tastes of the Cape.

The duo, together with partner Analjit Singh, have released the multi-regional wines made mainly from old vineyards under the brand name of Leeu Passant; the name is derived from heraldry where a ‘Lion Passant’ is walking a lion.

Mullineux said: “For many years our viticulturalist Rosa Kruger had been enthusing about special parcels of vines outside the Swartland. But we couldn’t use these as our Mullineux and Kloof Street wines are exclusively from Swartland vineyards. Leeu Passant was a fantastic opportunity to harness these exciting vineyards to create a new top class winery in a different region.”

The Leeu Passant wines celebrate the rich history of South African wine, according to the producers. The team decided to deconstruct the Cape wines of the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, retain their best component parts, and then reconstruct them in a modern, minimalist way, while at the same time respecting tradition.

The wines, which will be released on 3 April 2017, include a 2015 Leeu Passant Dry Red Wine (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cinsault), and two Chardonnays: the Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay and 2015 Leeu Passant Elandskloof Chardonnay. Of the two Chardonnays the former has flavours of lime zest with a long finish while the latter has a palate of creamy, limey, citrus character with exotic spice notes.

The original Mullineux brand was launched in 2007 and today the duo produce a select range of hand-crafted wines from the Granite, Schist, Quartz and Iron soils of Swartland, based at the Mullineux winery.




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