Mullineux Leeu Passant Dry Red 2017
14.5% - South Africa
Tim Atkin 96/100 Wine Enthusiast 94/100
A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cinsault and 18% Cabernet Franc, there's an immediate draw to this wine's bouquet. A complex mix of fresh, snappy black cherry, cassis and plum is partnered with purple floral tones of pressed violet and carnation, all hit by liquorice, clove and rooibos dust. The palate is like crushed satin, with ripe fruit flavours that are perfectly framed by fine yet supportive and structuring tannins that carry it all through to the enduring finish. It comes across more red fruited than black on the palate, with lingering notes of church incense and sweet spice on the back of the close. So lovely and layered, it's hard to pass up now but this should mature well through 2033.