Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2017
By Christian Eedes, 20 November 2019
Leeuwenkuil, Willie and Emma Dreyer’s Swartland farm, has some 1 250ha under vineyard including the block that produces the much-lauded Heritage Syrah, the current-release 2017 right up there.
The nose is a heady mixture of black berries, olive, lavender, fynbos, coriander and white pepper while the palate shows good fruit density, fresh acidity and grippy tannins – great form and length. Approximate retail price: R350 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
Also of note among the current releases is the Leeuwenkuil Reserve White 2017, predominantly Chenin Blanc but also including seven other varieties. White, green and yellow fruit plus dried herbs and some yeasty complexity on the nose while the palate has a good texture, moderate acidity and a savoury finish. Seamlessly assembled. Approximate retail price: R125 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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