75cl bottle HKD$750
Greg Sherwood MW - 95 pts
The Wellington Cinsault at 117 years old is the oldest recorded Cinsault vineyard in SA, blended with a more youthful 91 year old vineyard from Franschhoek. The Helderberg Cabernet Sauvignon is 36 years old and the Cabernet Franc 18 to 20 years old. Lovely peppery, spicy leafy nose of plum, peppercorns, sweet bramble berries, hedgerow, bergamot and sappy cherry spice. There's a real opulent confit fruit character, impressive ripeness, fragrant but simultaneously mineral and restrained. There is also a real dusty granitic vein, a chalky, spicy texture and sweet red currant and raspberry sappy fruit. Punchy, intense, really focused but with real mouthwatering drinkability. Beautifully fine harmonious texture, and tight polished tannins. A true testament to South Africa's red winemaking heritage. A very classy wine.
Wine Advocate - 91 pts
The 2015 Leeu Passant Dry Red Wine is inspired by some of the classic South African wines from the 1950s and 1960s with tannins and freshness. It is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Cinsault and a splash of Cabernet Franc. There are some stems in the vat and the wine matured in around 30% new oak. There is something traditional about the nose, in a positive sense, earthy red berry fruit, bell pepper and tobacco notes that feel quite intense. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, spicy in the mouth, drier than its peers and structured with plenty of black pepper lining the finish. It does hark back to the wines of old, albeit given a modern twist, more clean and less volatile. There is character here, a distinctive Cabernet-based red blend that will shine on the dinner table rather than on its own, and it deserves 4-5 years in bottle.