Leeu Passant Chardonnay 2017 is not just a wine; it is a statement—a testament to the virtuosity of South African viticulture and the artistry of winemaking. The year 2017 was marked by a vintage that offered a slower ripening period, resulting in grapes that achieved an exceptional balance of flavors and a refined structure. This is a wine conceived from the desire to produce a Chardonnay that stands with the best in the world while showcasing the distinctive terroir of South Africa
Upon pouring, the Leeu Passant Chardonnay 2017 reveals a luminous, golden hue, promising a wine that is as visually stunning as it is sensorially inviting. The bouquet is a vivid tapestry of aromas, with the allure of ripe citrus, crisp green apple, and succulent white peach, enveloped by an elegant veil of toasted almond and vanilla, a nod to its meticulous oak maturation. The palate is greeted with a textured opulence, a rich yet impeccably balanced tapestry of flavors. It unfurls with layers of baked apple, lemon curd, and stone fruit, complemented by a subtle hint of brioche and a flinty minerality that provides an extraordinary depth. This Chardonnay culminates in a finish that is persistent and graceful, with a lingering touch of spice and creaminess that invites another taste.