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2016 Leeu Passant Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

Regular price $83.00
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2016 Leeu Passant Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

Regular price $83.00
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Mullineux has been at the leading edge of South Africa’s greatest terroir-specific wines for years, but their new Stellenbosch project, Leeu Passant, stopped us dead in our tracks. The new project is the winery’s first venture into Stellenbosch winemaking, as they have traditionally produced only old vine Swartland wines. The intent is to re-capture the magic of some of the exceptionally balanced, ageworthy wines South Africa was making in the 60s and 70s. This Chardonnay is admittedly expensive for South Africa, but the quality is in a rarified air that most White Burgundy Premier Crus struggle to achieve. It’s a monumental effort for South African wine. Served blind, it would be hard not to call this a Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru.  It’s in a beautifully reductive style, with a delicious balance between just ripe orchard fruits, stony minerality, buttered mushrooms, and delicate oak spices. For years, Hamilton-Russell has held our hearts as our favorite Chardonnay in South Africa, but this is a tremendous step up in complexity and depth. When we are talking about the most exciting wines we tasted in 2021, this will undoubtedly be in our top ten.

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