Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2015

Among  Leeuwenkuil’s 1 250ha of vineyard is a 16-year-old block of Syrah on the southern slopes of Riebeek Mountain adjacent to where Boekenhoutskloof and Mullineux among others have important holdings. The wine that Leeuwenkuil makes from here is bottled under its top-of-the-range Heritage label and while the 2014 was stellar, the recently released 2015 seems […]

January 11, 2018
by Christian
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Hunter Valley vs SA Shiraz

Today saw a comparative tasting of Hunter Valley and South African Shiraz, 12 top examples of each, held in Fresnaye, Cape Town. Out of the 24 wines tasted, South Africa took the top five places, with a further two in the top 10. The event was undertaken partly as an exercise in self-education, partly as […]

September 6, 2016
by Christian
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Leeuwenkuil Grenache Noir 2015

Leeuwenkuil in the Swartland made our recent list of the top 10 most under-rated wine producers in South Africa (see here) and a tasting of new releases with head winemaker Pieter Carstens suggests this operation is set to become a household name sooner rather than later. Tasting notes and scores as follows: Leeuwenkuil Grenache Blanc […]

January 27, 2016
by Christian
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South Africa’s 10 most underrated wine producers

Why do some wineries attract all the hype and others go largely overlooked despite turning out of cracking wine? Here’s a list of 10 producers bubbling under, either established properties enjoying a resurgence after being off form or new operations set for the big time. Arendsig Lourens van der Westhuizen is working hard to demonstrate […]

January 14, 2016
by Christian
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Leeuwenkuil Cinsault 2014

I’m firmly in the pro-Cinsau(l)t camp but after tasting the Cinsault 2014 from Swartland producer Leeuwenkuil which won the trophy for best niche red variety at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show yesterday, I think there is a danger of pushing the variety too far, too fast. The Leeuwenkuil is a smart enough wine […]

June 19, 2015
by Christian
with 6 Comments

Leeuwenkuil Family Reserve White 2012

According to Platter’s 2015, Swartland winery Leeuwenkuil draws on 4 550 ha of vineyard which produce some 36 500 tons of grapes a year, resulting in some 27 million litres of wine. Evidently some economies of scale as the Family Reserve White 2012 is knock-out. It’s a blend of 50% Chenin Blanc, 13% Roussanne, 13% […]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
with 9 Comments

Rhône blends vs Syrah in SA

How do SA’s Rhône-inspired blends stack up next to straight Shiraz? To make the best wines we possibly can in South Africa, we have to blend. Only in continental climates can mono-varietals make for complete wines – take Pinot Noir in Burgundy Riesling in Germany. As soon as you’re in a warmer Mediterranean or maritime […]

May 18, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2012

Selling for R275 a bottle, Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2012 was Wine Cellar director Roland Peens’s top wine of 2014 which is quite an endorsement (read more here). What makes it special? Grapes come from a vineyard on schist soils on the southern slopes of Riebeek Mountain where Boekenhoutskloof, Mullineux-Leeu and Rupert are all apparently investing […]

January 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments
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