White Leipzig 2018

By , 6 May 2020



Francois and Lida Smit, who own Leipzig, situated in the Nuy Valley outside Worcester, decided to start making wine under their own label again in 2013, ending decades as a grape supplier to Nuy Winery.

Of the Cape.

White Leipzig originally featured in the 1940s and was even served to the British Royal Family on their 1947 visit to South Africa. Now that the cellar is again producing, a white blend was an obvious inclusion in the portfolio.

From Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Viognier and matured for nine months in old oak, the nose shows honeysuckle, citrus, peach, vanilla and spice plus some leesy complexity while the palate is rich, full and flavourful. Price: R144 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 89/100.

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    Vian | 7 May 2020

    Thank you for the nice review, Christian! White Leipzig holds a very special place in our hearts and on our portfolio and we are glad that you enjoyed the wine.
    Vian Bester – Leipzig Winery

    Duncan | 7 May 2020

    I’m frequently bemused by readers alleging a disparity between tasting notes and scores, but in this case I fear I’m one of them.

      Christian Eedes | 7 May 2020

      Hi Duncan, I’m not sure if you find the score too high or too low but my thoughts on this wine was that for all its concentration and flavour, it lacked a little refinement. Quality relative to price is pretty much spot on – extra detail costs more.

        Duncan | 7 May 2020

        Ah. I thought the score sounded a little low relative to the note. Thanks for the clarification.

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