Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux. Known for her Swartland brand, this wine comes from Mullineux's new Franschhoek project, Leeu Passant. Sourced from South Africa's second oldest red-wine vineyard, with 91-year-old bush vines, this 100% Cinsault is a unique and powerful expression. It's currently quite closed and reserved, with tightly packed black-fruit notes at the core, framed by ripe, well-integrated tannins. The palate offers a bit more juicy fruit intensity, though final notes of pepper and baking spice as well as fine, dry tannins dominate the finish. It suggests something beautiful to come with time and maturity, so try this sleeper after 2020 to check in on its development.
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Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director
Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).