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Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


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About this wine

From the renowned valleys of Stellenbosch comes the Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, a wine that exemplifies the pinnacle of South African reds. This exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of a vintage that saw optimal ripening conditions, producing grapes of extraordinary quality and depth. Elevating the essence of Stellenbosch’s terroir, the Leeu Passant 2019 is crafted to captivate the senses and offer an unparalleled wine-drinking experience. It represents the convergence of traditional winemaking techniques with the unique expressions of South African soil and climate, creating a wine that is rich, robust, and regally structured.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Origin: Sourced from the distinguished vineyards of Stellenbosch, a region with a winemaking heritage that spans over centuries.
  • Soil Type: The region boasts a variety of soil types, each lending unique qualities to the grapes.
  • Climate: The Mediterranean climate of Stellenbosch, characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters, is ideal for the development of the complex flavor profile in Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
  • Harvesting: Grapes are harvested at optimal maturity to ensure the balance of fruit concentration and acidity.
  • Vinification: Employing both traditional and modern techniques, the wine is fermented with the goal of extracting deep color, concentrated flavors, and structured tannins.
  • Aging: Aged in French oak barrels to impart depth, subtlety, and complexity. The use of oak is carefully managed to ensure it complements, rather than overwhelms, the fruit.
  • Alcohol Content: Typical for a high-quality Cabernet, around 13.5%-14.5%.
  • Tasting Profile: Features a deep ruby color with a bouquet rich in black currants, ripe plums, and a hint of smokiness. On the palate, it delivers dark fruit flavors, layered with cassis and a touch of spice, with a texture that is robust yet refined.
  • Bottling: The wine is bottled under the highest standards to preserve the integrity of its flavors and the unique profile that is characteristic of the Stellenbosch terroir.

Tasting Notes

To achieve the sophistication that is so alluring in the best vineyards for Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is grown on some of Stellenbosch’s coolest
sites. One parcel of 40-year-old dry farmed bush vine Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in deep alluvial soils of Firgrove, two parcels are planted on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain and another one in the deep decomposed Granite soils of the Polkadraai Hills.

Balance and elegance is paramount to our approach in the vineyard and the winery. The grapes were hand-harvested and destemmed to tanks with only minimal SO2 added. After about 4 days the indigenous yeast fermentation began, and the wine was pigeaged or pumped-over twice a day during this period. Temperatures were not allowed to exceed 28°C and fermentation lasted 10 to 18 days, followed by 3 weeks extended maceration, after which the wine was drained and pressed to barrels. In the late winter, the wines were racked, then blended in spring and bottled after 20 months in barrel.

This classically aromatic Cabernet Sauvignon invites with notes of mulberry, dried orange rind, pencil shavings and Kapokbos [wild rosemary] on the nose. The palate rewards with a medley of cassis and fresh Sapphire plum, which are cupped by elegant, silky tannins. The richness and power of this wine are balanced by beautiful freshness and finesse. Best served at 16-18°C.