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Leeuwenkuil Reserve White 2019 consists of 80% Chenin Blanc and a 20% blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Verdelho, Clairette, Chardonnay, Colombar and Viognier Appellation. After hand-picking the grapes, they were whole-bunch pressed to retain their natural acidity. Half of the wine was fermented in 5,000-litre French oak barrels and the other half in stainless steel tanks, and aged for nine months before blending and bottling in January 2020. Bottled at 13%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: White blossoms, apple and just a hint of pepper.
Palate: Ripe peach and tangy pineapple.
Finish: An intriguing underlying chalky minerality which lingers on the finish.
Willie and Emma Dreyer are seventh-generation owners of Leeuwenkuil and together they have built Leeuwenkuil into a Swartland institution. The estate on which it is situated was one of the earliest wine farms in the region, having been around since 1693 when it was known as Schinderkuijl. The Dreyer family took ownership of the farm in 1851 after a few sub-divisions, and has since developed it into the estate with the largest acreage of grapevines in South Africa. As one of the Swartland's leading grape growers, Leeuwenkuil played an under-the-radar role until, in 2008, the Dreyer's took the decision to start making and selling wine themselves. 2021 marks a significant milestone as the first vintage to be processed in their own winery on the farm, instead of in rented cellar space.