Leeuwenkuil is situated in the Agter-Paarl area of the Cape, which is to the west of Paarl, behind Paarl Mountain (Agter-Paarl is Afrikaans for behind Paarl) which is where the Swartland region begins. The farm was granted by the third governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Leeuwenkuil means Lion’s Lair in Afrikaans and the early history of the farm includes farm animals being attacked by the local pride of lions at a nearby waterhole. The farm was acquired by the Dreyers family in 1851 who continue to farm it to this day. It was a mixed use farm a lot of that time which included lots of grain farming. The modern era of the winery began in 1963 when Willie Dreyer purchased the farm from his family members and began planting vines and restoring the property to what it was in the early 1700s. After a long period of selling grapes to co-ops, the Dreyer family decided it was time to start making wines under their own label. Wines are terroir driven and work well with food.
A refined and racy offering with vibrant aromas of green apple and tropical fruit. Its good minerality leads to a wonderfully fresh finish.
Deep cherry red in the glass . Notes of candy floss, rose, sweet cherry, vanilla, cherry tobacco, cranberry and spice. The palate is laden with fynbos herbs, thyme, buchu and white pepper. Violets, black olives and blueberry flavours lend complexity