Robert Parker 89+
Not normally released on its own, the 2017 Leeu Passant Wellington Cinsault begins with a red-fruited nose with a strong mineral presence. The palate is pure, soft and focused with a subtle and focused core of soft red cherry fruit expressions and a dusty minerality, ending with an elegant finish with fine-grained tannins. I think they are on to something here with this lively cherry-tinged and complex wine.
The 2017 Old Vines Basson Cinsault is fuller and riper on the nose compared to the Lotter Cinsault, featuring exuberant wild strawberry, raspberry preserve, gingerbread and dill aromas, all very well defined and brimming with energy. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy opening, hints of marmalade and orange peel infusing the red fruit, and just the right amount of piquancy toward the finish. There is something "old school" about this Cinsault. Cerebral.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2038