This is a small, highly focused family winery producing a select family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa. Chris was born in Cape Town, raised in Johannesburg, and introduced to the world of wine while studying accountancy at the University of Stellenbosch. After braving his way through accounting, he enrolled into winemaking for a second degree, and on graduating took a position starting up a boutique organic winery in Tulbagh, where he was in charge of the vineyards and cellar for 5 very enjoyable years. In addition to stints at de Trafford and Rustenberg wineries in South Africa, Chris has also worked harvests at top wineries in Cote Rotie, Bandol, the Languedoc, Roussillon, and California. Over the years Chris has had good exposure to the people, vineyards and wines of the Swartland. This has lead to a growing love for, and firm belief in the region, and he looks forward to many creative and hard working vintages in this region with his family. The Leeu Passant wines are one of the most anticipated South African releases of recent years – the new Franschhoek estate from Chris and Andrea Mullineux. The idea was inspired by the old South African wines from the 1950s and 60s – but with a modern twist.
It was matured for 18 months in French oak barrels. This works very successfully on the bouquet of perfumed dark berry fruit laced with cedar and tobacco, refined and elegant it has notes of bergamot a dark violet fragrance. The palate is structured, with fine chalky tannins, hints of spices and a fine bead of acidity, plenty of tar and tobacco-infused black fruit and a slightly austere but very well balanced finish.