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% Grenache Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche and 12% Verdelho and I think it’s up there with anything the boutique operations from that part of the world are doing.
The nose shows a floral note before citrus and peach, spice and just enough waxiness. The palate is wonderfully expressive with great fruit concentration and zippy acidity. It possesses weight and texture but it’s not ponderous. And with a Wine Cellar price of R59 a bottle, it’s a complete bargain.