ZA-MLP-04-18

Cinsault 'Franschhoek', Leeu Passant

Cinsault 'Franschhoek', Leeu Passant

100% Cinsault from a magical parcel of dry-land bush vine Cinsault vineyard planted in 1932 in the clay rich soils of the eastern slopes of Franschhoek mountains. This is South Africa’s second oldest registered red wine vineyard.

Grapes are crushed to tank, with 100% whole clusters. Minimal sulphur is added, and no further additions are made. Fermentation begins without inoculation and the wine is pigeaged twice a day. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 28°C. Fermentation lasted 8 days. After fermentation, 2 weeks skin contact is given, and the wine was drained and pressed to barrel. The wine was racked and blended midway through the year and bottled after 20 months in barrel.

Maturation: 20 months in 500L French oak barrels

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
South Africa
Region:
Western Cape
Variety:
Cinsault
Color:
Red

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
93
Date:
2021-02-01
Review:
The 2018 Old Vines Lötter Cinsault has a gorgeous bouquet of lifted red cherries, crushed strawberry and a touch of shoe leather, all very well defined and focused. The palate is well balanced with a lightly spiced entry, a fine bead of acidity and a caressing texture. Chinese five-spice and notes of sage appear toward the complex finish. This is an excellent Cinsault from Andrea and Chris Mullineux.