Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Leopard`s Leap Culinaria Collection Pinot Noir

2020 Gold Medal

Leopard`s Leap Family Vineyards

Leopard`s Leap Family Vineyards Leopard`s Leap Culinaria Collection Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir (21) Barrel fermented/barrel matured/wooded (staves, chips or wood rice) 2020 and older


Elgin vineyards lie approximately twenty-seven kilometres inland from the sea, with prevailing south-easterly winds. Similar slopes close to the sea in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley promote slow ripening. Grapes were hand-picked at 23,5 degrees Balling. Traditional wine-making methods were used, allowing minimal intervention. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels, whereafter 30% of the wine was matured in first-fill 500-litre barrels, while the remaining 70% was matured in third-and fourth-fill 225-litre French oak barrels for a period of 18 - 20 months.

Leopard's Leap Culinaria Pinot Noir is a delicate wine with an interesting combination of red and darker fruit nuances, made in a more classic style. Subtle aromas of cranberry, hints of raspberry and cherry with delicate undertones of tobacco. Supple tannins and a unique mouthfeel make this elegantly weighted wine exceptionally versatile in food-and-wine pairing. Pairs well with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes, ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews.