This wine is made at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, which was founded by Analjit Singh. The partnership with Chris and Andrea Mullineux started in 2013 when Analjit, who had visited South Africa for the first time in 2010 for the FIFA World Cup, bought into Mullineux. Chris and Andrea were brought in as winemakers at Leeu Estates, enabling them to work with fruit from Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and other regions beyond Swartland.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from 38-year-old, dry-farmed bush vines planted on deep alluvial soils in Stellenbosch. The Cinsault is sourced from the two oldest red wine vineyards in South Africa. The first was planted in Wellington in 1900, and the second planted on the lower slopes of the Franschhoek mountains in 1932. These low yielding old Cinsault vines add complexity and power to the blend. The Cabernet Franc is sourced from a high-altitude site on the mid-slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, lending lifted aromatics to the final wine.
50% of the grapes were kept as whole bunches for aromatic lift and tannic structure. The must was initially punched down once a day. After about four days, fermentation began with indigenous yeasts and from then on the cap was punched down twice a day. After fermentation, the wine remained on its skins for two weeks for better integration of tannins. The wine was then pressed to barrel. The wines were racked and blended midway through the year. Maturation was 12 months in 500 litre French oak barrels, of which 30% were new, followed by a further eight months in seasoned 2,000 litre foudres.
Attractive aromas of cassis, cedar and blackcurrant leaf. The palate is structured and dense with firm, grainy tannins and layered notes of black pepper, tobacco and cherry. The finish is complex, with impressive length.