In 2007 Chris and Andrea Mullineux established Mullineux Family Wines in the Swartland wine region of South Africa. For many years, our viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, had been enthusing to us about special parcels of vines outside the Swartland, but we couldn’t use these as our Mullineux and Kloof Street ranges are exclusively from Swartland vineyards.
The partnership of Chris & Andrea with Analjit Singh in 2013, and the renaming of the company to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, opened the way for a new project – Leeu Passant – to be based at the wine cellar on Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Leeu Passant was a fantastic opportunity to harness these exciting vineyards to create something under a new label in a different wine region, but with the same no-compromise approach to quality that Chris & Andrea share with Bas, and with which our Mullineux range of wines is made.The Team
The Name “Leeu Passant” is derived from Heraldry, where a “Lion Passant” is a walking or roaming Lion. We adopted the name because we roam the vineyards of the Cape looking for the best parcels of grapes for these wines, and because the symbol of Leeu Estates (where Leeu Passant is based) is also a Lion Passant.
The Leeu Passant wines celebrate the rich history of South African wine. Using the Cape’s wine heritage dating back to the 17th Century as inspiration, we decided to deconstruct the venerable Cape wines of the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, retain their best component parts, and then reconstruct them in a modern, minimalist way, whilst at the same time respecting tradition.
The wines highlight how South African vineyards can make authentic, classic, and age worthy wines, which we are excited to honour with our own modern interpretation, incorporating several very special and old vineyards.Vineyards & Winemaking