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Old Vines White Blend

Mullineux, Old Vines White Blend 2015

R265

6 in stock

Notes

This is a newly-released wine and has not been reviewed.See Tim Atkin's notes on the previous vintage:

'A blend of 73% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier and 7% Semillon Gris, fermentation occurred spontaneously before 11 months maturation in third- and fourth-fill barrel plus one new 2 000-litre foudre. The nose is wonderfully complex with notes of apple, stone fruit, naartjie, orange rind plus spice, earth, marzipan and some yeasty complexity. The palate is rich and smooth textured with moderate acidity and a slightly grippy quality to the finish. It all makes for a big but super-interesting glass of wine.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 93/100

Winemaker's comments:
The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury. Fermentation is in barrel with indigenous yeasts and the wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new.

'Chris and Andre’s Mullineux’s almost meteoric rise to the top of the South Africa tree has been both a pleasure to witness and judging by the quality of wine in the glass…fully justified. Ever since their Straw Wine was served blind against Château Yquem 1986, their portfolio of wines has gone from delivering Swartland at the highest level and with each passing season. While remaining relatively conservative to some of the region’s more 'out there' exponents, they have become increasingly terroir-focused, as a cursory glance at their labels will demonstrate. At one end has been the storming success of the entry-level Kloof Street range, while at the top end the 'Schist' and 'Granite' labels are now joined by 'Iron'. Their ambitions meant that a change of backer was necessary and so Indian multimillionaire, Analjit Singh has stepped in. The company will be renamed 'Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines' with Andrea and Chris retaining control. Mr Singh already owned three adjoining farms in Franschhoek, so doubtless the Mullineux's will be working on improving the wines from there.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

This is a newly-released wine and has not been reviewed.See Tim Atkin's notes on the previous vintage:

'A blend of 73% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier and 7% Semillon Gris, fermentation occurred spontaneously before 11 months maturation in third- and fourth-fill barrel plus one new 2 000-litre foudre. The nose is wonderfully complex with notes of apple, stone fruit, naartjie, orange rind plus spice, earth, marzipan and some yeasty complexity. The palate is rich and smooth textured with moderate acidity and a slightly grippy quality to the finish. It all makes for a big but super-interesting glass of wine.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 93/100

Winemaker's comments:
The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury. Fermentation is in barrel with indigenous yeasts and the wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new.

'Chris and Andre’s Mullineux’s almost meteoric rise to the top of the South Africa tree has been both a pleasure to witness and judging by the quality of wine in the glass…fully justified. Ever since their Straw Wine was served blind against Château Yquem 1986, their portfolio of wines has gone from delivering Swartland at the highest level and with each passing season. While remaining relatively conservative to some of the region’s more 'out there' exponents, they have become increasingly terroir-focused, as a cursory glance at their labels will demonstrate. At one end has been the storming success of the entry-level Kloof Street range, while at the top end the 'Schist' and 'Granite' labels are now joined by 'Iron'. Their ambitions meant that a change of backer was necessary and so Indian multimillionaire, Analjit Singh has stepped in. The company will be renamed 'Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines' with Andrea and Chris retaining control. Mr Singh already owned three adjoining farms in Franschhoek, so doubtless the Mullineux's will be working on improving the wines from there.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

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CE93

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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