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Leopard’s Leap Family Collection Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2008

Marco Cianfanelli's sculpture at the entrance to Leopard's Leap.

Last night the official opening of the new Franschhoek tasting facility for Leopard’s Leap Vineyards, owned by Hein Koegelenberg and Hanneli-Rupert Koegelenberg of La Motte, and also housing the culinary studio of accomplished Irish-born chef Liam Tomlin.

Ultra-modern and impeccably tasteful, the 300-person capacity facility is emphatic evidence that the Leopard’s Leap brand is on the rise. The numbers are impressive: 750 000 six-bottle cases of which 75% is exported to 42 different countries and a further 250 000 cases under the L’Huguenot label exclusively into China, production set to double within the next five years.

The nitty-gritty of business aside, the launch party was an elegant affair, guests wandering around Tomlin’s kitchen to sample different dishes – duck saucisson matched with the soft and easy Family Collection Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2008 (score: 15/20) my highlight of the night.


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