Leeu Passant

In 2007 Chris and Andrea Mullineux established Mullineux Family Wines in the Swartland wine region of South Africa. For many years, our viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, had been enthusing to us about special parcels of vines outside the Swartland, but we couldn’t use these as our Mullineux and Kloof Street ranges are exclusively from Swartland vineyards.

The partnership of Chris & Andrea with Analjit Singh in 2013, and the renaming of the company to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, opened the way for a new project – Leeu Passant – to be based at the wine cellar on Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Leeu Passant was a fantastic opportunity to harness these exciting vineyards to create something under a new label in a different wine region, but with the same no-compromise approach to quality that Chris & Andrea share with Bas, and with which our Mullineux range of wines is made.

*Available in Durban and Gauteng only.

Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay
Chardonnay cuttings were imported from Europe to South Africa to have access to new, healthy plant material and some of these cuttings made it into the Cape, and was planted in very exciting sites, and it is those pioneers and sites we aim to honour with the Leeu Passant Chardonnay. The grapes for the Stellenbosch Chardonnay are hand-harvested from a parcel of Chardonnay planted in deep loam-rich soils of Helderberg Mountain.
Leeu Passant Franschoek Old Vines Lötter Cinsault
The intensely aromatic nose is full of red berry, spice and fynbos character. The intense palate shows succulent mixed berries, charcuterie and some savoury notes. The grippy tannins give structure and texture to the wine.
Leeu Passant Wellington Old Vines Basson Cinsault
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.
Leeu Passant Dry Red
The Dry Red Wine is equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cinsault from vineyards in Wellington, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The Cinsault vineyards are the two oldest registered red wine vineyards in South Africa, dating back to the early 1900's. Grapes are hand-harvested and yields are low. Approximately half the grapes are whole-bunch fermeted and all fermentation is with indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged for 18 months in 225L French oak barrels; 30% new.
Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
This aromatic Cabernet shows notes of cassis, tarragon, graphite and cedar on the nose. These continue on the palate which has a silky texture and great structure from the fine tannins. The richness and power of the wine are balanced by freshness and finesse. The finish is dry with lingering blackcurrant and blueberry flavours.