The famous leopard branch

Wine tasting at Leopard’s Leap


Pardus in all its glory

Hein Koegelenberg , not only a superb rugby player in his day, an accomplished wine maker and astute businessman and the co-owner with his wife Hanneli Rupert- Koegelenberg of two major Franschhoek wineries, La Motte and Leopard’s Leap,  has had the hankering –unsurprisingly– to put his name to a wine he has made. The result is a marvellous Bordeaux style blend they have called Pardus. This is the Latin name of the leopard, a subject close to his heart with the iconic leopard on the branch welcoming one to Leopard’s Leap and the continuing financial support of The Cape Leopard Trust and the plight of the Cape Leopard.

Greg , Ryk Neethling, and Hein Koegelenberg at La Motte

The grapes for the Merlot component (60%) were from Stellenbosch, blended with 20% Cabernet from Paarl and 20% Cinsault from Darling.  The juice was aged in French oak barrels separately for about 18 months and blended. The result is sophisticated, eminently drinkable, with plenty of deep red berry flavours and a touch of spice. Will be perfect with dishes like roast duck, best steak and even Bobotie. Visit Leopard’s Leap, do a tasting, eat at their excellent Restaurant and buy some wine—you will love it.

Available at the cellar at R170



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