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Essence 250ml

Mullineux, Essence 250ml 2012

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Please note, only 3 bottles per person.

'Sweet Wine of the Year' in Tim Atkin MW's South Africa Special Report 2017

100% Chenin Blanc

'Chris and Andrea Mullineux are continually pushing the boundaries of South African wine, and here they are again with a lusciously sweet wine that took four years to finish fermenting. Essence sums up this incredible Chenin Blanc, made without botrytis or skin contact, just very sweet grapes. Marmalade, crème brûlée and honeyed notes are balanced by vivid, palate-cleansing acidity. 2017-30' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 97/100

Winemakers' comments:
Grapes for our 2012 Essence were sourced from one parcel of 33 year-old Chenin Blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, and one parcel of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin Blanc grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg. These are our parcels that give us the best acidity at harvest.

Grapes were hand-harvested at normal ripeness level of 23° Brix and then left to dry in the shade outdoors (similar to how we dry the grapes for our Mullineux Straw Wine). This allowed moisture to evaporate naturally from the berries, concentrating sugars, acids and flavour. For this wine we let the grapes dry for an extended period to super-concentrate the sugars and acids to 50% more than for our normal straw wine! The grapes were pressed whole bunch, and racked to a single old 225L barrel. A little sulphur was added to inhibit bacteria but allow the natural yeast to ferment. Due to the extreme osmotic pressure in the juice, fermentation lasted 54 months, and once we were confident it had definitely finished fermenting we racked and bottled the wine unfiltered and unfined. Matured for 54 months in a single old (5th fill) 225L French oak barrel.

Tasting notes: Dark golden in colour with a rich, viscous appearance. This is a complex, enticing blend of dried apricots and caramalised marmalade, with notes of almonds, marzipan and honey. The super- concentrated mouth-feel is balanced by an intense freshness and long, balanced finish. Best served chilled at 9 to 11 °C. Note that the wine may deposit a light sediment.

Analysis:
Alc: 5% RS: 610g/l TA: 14g/l pH: 3.3
Please note, only 3 bottles per person.

'Sweet Wine of the Year' in Tim Atkin MW's South Africa Special Report 2017

100% Chenin Blanc

'Chris and Andrea Mullineux are continually pushing the boundaries of South African wine, and here they are again with a lusciously sweet wine that took four years to finish fermenting. Essence sums up this incredible Chenin Blanc, made without botrytis or skin contact, just very sweet grapes. Marmalade, crème brûlée and honeyed notes are balanced by vivid, palate-cleansing acidity. 2017-30' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 97/100

Winemakers' comments:
Grapes for our 2012 Essence were sourced from one parcel of 33 year-old Chenin Blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, and one parcel of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin Blanc grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg. These are our parcels that give us the best acidity at harvest.

Grapes were hand-harvested at normal ripeness level of 23° Brix and then left to dry in the shade outdoors (similar to how we dry the grapes for our Mullineux Straw Wine). This allowed moisture to evaporate naturally from the berries, concentrating sugars, acids and flavour. For this wine we let the grapes dry for an extended period to super-concentrate the sugars and acids to 50% more than for our normal straw wine! The grapes were pressed whole bunch, and racked to a single old 225L barrel. A little sulphur was added to inhibit bacteria but allow the natural yeast to ferment. Due to the extreme osmotic pressure in the juice, fermentation lasted 54 months, and once we were confident it had definitely finished fermenting we racked and bottled the wine unfiltered and unfined. Matured for 54 months in a single old (5th fill) 225L French oak barrel.

Tasting notes: Dark golden in colour with a rich, viscous appearance. This is a complex, enticing blend of dried apricots and caramalised marmalade, with notes of almonds, marzipan and honey. The super- concentrated mouth-feel is balanced by an intense freshness and long, balanced finish. Best served chilled at 9 to 11 °C. Note that the wine may deposit a light sediment.

Analysis:
Alc: 5% RS: 610g/l TA: 14g/l pH: 3.3
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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

Sweet

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