Leeu Passant Old Vines Basson Cinsault Wellington 2018
  • Cinsault
  • Dry
  • Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/l
  • Full Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 13% alc./vol

Leeu Passant Old Vines Basson Cinsault Wellington 2018

South Africa
Regular price $92.95per bottle ($557.70per case)
6 bottles per case

Savoury & Structured

Leeu Passant is the Franschhoek Winery of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. The Leeu Passant wines are multi-regional bottlings inspired by the classic age-worthy wines of the Cape from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. These were authentic wines unique to the culture, terroir, history and tastes of the Cape, and they strive to reflect these unique factors in their wines.

From an historic parcel of dry farmed bush vine Cinsault planted in 1900 in deep
sandy alluvial soils in Wellington. This is South Africa's oldest registered red wine
vineyard and we have had the privilege to farm and care for it since 2014.

This aromatic wine has an alluring and complex nose suggesting roses,
cranberries, cherries, spice and a hint of thyme. The pallet is fresh and silky
textured, with notes of orange peel, rhubarb, maraschino cherries, pink
peppercorns and cloves. Fine tannins give great structure to the wine.

About the Winery

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

​Mullineux Family Wines, established in 2007 in the Swartland region of South Africa, is owned and managed by Chris and Andrea Mullineux. Since its inception the winery has established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, both locally and internationally. Originally from Northern California, Winemaker Andrea Mullineux studied Viticulture and Oenology at UC-Davis before working in Stellenbosch and meeting Chris at a wine festival in Champagne. Chris is the Viticulturist in charge of the vineyards on their farm on Kasteelberg Mountain as well as fruit sourcing for their value Kloof Street wines.

To add to their acclaim, Andrea Mullineux was named Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year in 2016 and in 2016 Chris & Andrea were Tim Atkin’s South African Winemakers of the Year. . By focusing on producing handcrafted wines from the granite and shale based soils of the Swartland and it is quickly becoming South Africa's wine frontier. Located an hour's drive away from Stellenbosch, the Swartland is rolling hills of wheat and jagged outcrops of old vines.

Press Reviews

Tim Atkin, MW

94 points

Made with fruit from a vineyard planted in 1900 - and nurtured back from neglect by the Mullineux and Rosa Kruger - this is a serious Cinsault that shows the ageing potential of the grape. Grippy, stony and intense, with tangy acidity, plum and red cherry fruit and sinewy, tobacco leaf tannins. 2022-17