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Leeu Passant Chardonnay 2017


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About this wine

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

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay.
  • Vineyard Location: Sourced from select vineyards in South Africa known for their high-quality Chardonnay grapes.
  • Soil Composition: The vineyards benefit from diverse soil types that contribute to the complexity of flavors in the wine.
  • Climate: The 2017 vintage was shaped by a moderate climate, which allowed for an extended ripening period.
  • Harvesting: The grapes were handpicked with careful selection to ensure only the best fruit was used.
  • Fermentation: Fermented using natural yeasts found on the grape skins, allowing for a true expression of the vineyard’s character in the wine.
  • Oak Aging: The wine was aged in French oak barrels, which impart a subtle toastiness and add to the wine’s structural complexity.
  • Alcohol Content: Typically around 13.5% to 14%.
  • Tasting Notes: The Leeu Passant Chardonnay 2017 offers a nuanced bouquet of ripe citrus, green apple, and white peach, with undercurrents of toasted almond and vanilla from its time in oak. On the palate, it presents a rich texture with flavors of baked apple, lemon curd, and stone fruit, balanced by a flinty minerality and a hint of brioche. The finish is both lingering and elegant.
  • Bottling: Bottled with care to preserve the integrity of the wine’s flavor profile and the essence of its terroir.

Tasting Notes

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.