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.

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Leeu Passant

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Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines is the partnership between Chris & Andrea Mullineux with Analjit Singh in 2013. Named Leeu Passant, meaning walking or roaming lion, sums up what the Mullineux's do - sourcing select parcels of grapes from around the Cape and creating stellar wines, under a new label in a different wine region, but with the same no-compromise approach to quality as the Mullineux range of wines. This premium, single vineyard Chardonnay is planted on the higher slopes of Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, benefitting from a maritime influence that gives intensity of flavour and zesty freshness.
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Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenbosch is a natural home for high calibre Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine, made by Andrea Mullineux, is a blend of select vineyard parcels from the cooler parts of Stellenbosch: Helderberg Mountain, Polkadraai Hills and includes one parcel of 39 year old dry farmed, bush vine Cabernet Sauvignon, from Firgrove. This stellar Cabernet Sauvignon is matured for 20 months in 500L French oak barrels, of which a portion is new.
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Leeu Passant Franschoek Old Vines Lötter Cinsault
Cinsault grapes derive from a extraordinary parcel of dryland bush vines, grown in the clay rich soils, on the eastern slopes of Franschhoek mountains. This is Cinsault vineyard was planted in 1932 and is South Africa’s second oldest registered red wine vineyard. Viticultural consultant, Rosa Kruger works closely with Chris & Andrea Mullineux, to rejuvenate and preserve the integrity of these precious parcels. The wine is matured for 20 months in 500L French oak barrels.
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Leeu Passant Wellington Old Vines Basson Cinsault
The grapes for this wine come from South Africa's oldest registered red wine vineyard - a historic parcel of dry farmed bush vine Cinsault, planted in 1900, in deep sandy alluvial soils in Wellington. Viticultural consultant, Rosa Kruger works closely with Chris & Andrea Mullineux, to rejuvenate and preserve the character of these precious parcels. The Wellington Basson Cinsault is matured for 20 months in 500L French oak barrels.
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Leeu Passant Dry Red
Inspired by the classic Cape reds from the 1950's - 1970's, which were unique to the culture, terrior, history and tastes of the Cape. The Leeu Passant Dry Red is a sophisticated, modern interpretation of these great Cape red blends, which were cabable of lengthy ageing. Cabernet Sauvignon leads the blend, with old vine Cinsault (from South Africa's two oldest red wine vineyards planted in Franschhoek and Wellington), and Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for 18 months in 225L French oak barrels.