Grapes for the Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay are sourced from a parcel of vines planted on the deep, loam-rich soils of Helderberg Mountain. With the addition of sulphur reduced to a minimum the wine was matured for 18 months in French oak (30% new) barrels before release. This Chardonnay has oak notes, fresh passion fruit, lime and flint on the nose. The textured palate is packed with citrus zest and crushed shells and has long finish. 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 5-7 years.
Tim Atkin MW
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.