Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Leopard`s Leap Culinaria Collection Chenin Blanc

2020 Gold Medal

Leopard`s Leap Family Vineyards

Leopard`s Leap Family Vineyards Leopard`s Leap Culinaria Collection Chenin Blanc
Semi-sweet White Varieties or Blends (up to 30g/l sugar) (9) Unwooded 2021


The grapes grow on bush vines with an average age of twenty years and an average yield of 4,8 tons per hectare. The unirrigated soils have a unique water-releasing capacity that favours good grape concentration. Hand-picked at optimum ripeness. Grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and pressed after a short period of skin contact. The juice was allowed to settle, then fermented at between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius in 500-litre second-fill and third-fill French oak barrels. Barrels were topped up and the wine was allowed nine months' lees contact prior to blending and bottling. Before release, the wine was bottle-matured for four months.

Leopard's Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc has a well-defined ripe fruit character, showing aromas of ripe white peach and melon. These aromas are supported by sweet-spice flavours and a vibrant acidity. Elegant oak nuances give this wine its structure and make it a unique food companion. Great with vegetable dishes or salads, rich fish or cream-based chicken entrées and a balancing counterpart to rich cheeses.