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Leeu Passant Lotter Cinsault 2018

Leeu Passant Lotter Cinsault 2018

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"From South Africa's second-oldest red-wine vineyard. It was planted in 1932 on the clay-rich eastern slopes of the Franschhoek mountains and is dry farmed. Yields are just 24 hl/ha. 100% whole cluster. Minimal sulphite addition only. Spontaneous fermentation and two punchdowns a day. Temperatures kept no more than 28 °C. Eight-day fermentation and two weeks' maceration before barrelling. The wine was racked and blended mid-way through the year and bottled after 20 months in 500-litre French oak barrels. 410 cases were made.

Transparent garnet colour. Quite a gamey nose  a lot more 'serious' than the Cinsaults I come across in the south of France  a vine age effect? Then red-cherry fruit in abundance, squeezed into a well-structured corset for ageing. Delicate, fruity and well balanced. Impressive persistence. Light, tarry, sandy dryness on the end. Very appetising. Clean as a whistle. A definite addition to the spectrum of Cinsault flavour and texture. Tannins hardly noticeable. Difficult to assess likely drinking period of such an unusual wine. I may be being too cautious. Drink: 2020-2025. 17 points"

Jancis Robinson, (05/20)