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Tim Atkin is a UK-based Master of Wine (MW) and wine journalist with an international following.+
Varietal(s): 100% Cinsault
Bottling Date: 12th November 2019
Production: 4 920 bottles / 410 cases
Wine of Origin: Franschhoek
Technical Details at Bottling: Alcohol 14% – RS 1.6 g/l – TA 4.9 g/l – pH 3.6
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.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were hand-harvested in the early morning of 21 February 2018. Yields: 4 tons/ha = 24 HL/ha
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.
The intensely aromatic nose is full of red berry, spice and fynbos character. The intense palate shows succulent mixed berries, charcuterie and some savoury notes. The grippy tannins give structure and texture to the wine. Best served at 16-18°C.
“Andrea Mullineux used to make Lötter as a Cape Winemakers’ Guild auction lot, but the 3,000 bottles are now sold under the Leeu Passant label. Rose petal and Turkish delight aromas segue into a palate that’s surprisingly dense and concentrated with sappy, old-vine complexity. Drink 2022-28”.
Tim Atkin, 95 points