Dornier Leda 2017

By , 11 November 2021

Using Shiraz to “spice up” a wine otherwise consisting of varieties associated with Bordeaux is a well established model, Rust en Vrede Estate being the most important reference in this regard. Fellow Stellenbosch cellar Dornier is now in on the act with Leda 2017, consisting of 50% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Shiraz, 50% of the  Malbec matured in new American oak and the balance of the wine in older French oak for a total of 18 months.

The nose shows floral perfume, red berries, some herbal character and hints of vanilla and spice while the palate is succulent and full with bright acidity and smooth tannins. It’s immediately approachable without being facile. Made exclusively for Dornier club members, it costs R285 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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