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Old Vines White Blend

Mullineux, Old Vines White Blend 2017

R290

7 in stock

Notes

Mullineux is a highly focused family winery based near the village of Riebeek Kasteel, in the Swartland region of South Africa. They produce a select range of hand-crafted wines from the Granite and Shale based soils of the area.

Tasting notes:
'Older vines, some 80 years, 4 main Swartland soils. Chenin-led with 4 others, carefully chosen. Unchanging style & complexity, stonefruit & mineral, beeswax, almonds, 17 brightened by saline acidity. Wonderful focus, intensity. Follows complex 16.' – Platters Wine Guide 2019, 5*

'The 2017 Old Vines White is a blend of 65% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier, 10% Clairette Blanche, 13% Grenache Blanc and 2% Sémillon Gris. This has a lighter bouquet than the previous vintage, featuring touches of honeysuckle and peach skin with white flowers tucked just behind. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and quite tensile, showing a subtle white pepper and marmalade note toward the precise finish. Very fine, although I have a soft spot for the hedonism shown by the 2016.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91/100

‘The Old Vines White 2017 from Chris and Andrea Mullineux is impeccably well made. It’s just about got it all – enticing aromatics, great fruit expression and just the right amount of weight and texture. The nose shows citrus and stone fruit, earth and spice while the palate is really complex with layers and layers of flavour, the finish long and savoury. A real pleasure to drink.' – Christian Eedes Winemag, 94/100

'This wine has a nose of citrus and stone fruit with some spice and floral elements. The palate is fairly full, layered and richly textured, balanced by a vibrant acidity, with savoury notes. The finish is fresh and pithy. Best served at 10 to 12 °C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.' – Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker

Viticulture:
From seven sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: one parcel of 39 year-old Chenin and a parcel of 9 year old Grenache Blanc on the stony Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg; two parcels of 40-65 year-old dry land bush vine Chenin, one parcel of 42 year old Clairette Blanche and a 58 year old heritage Semillon Gris vineyard grown on the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and a parcel of 19 year-old Viognier on the iron-rich soils of the rolling hills west of Malmesbury. Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 13th February 2017. Yield of between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.

Vinification:
As each parcel is harvested the grapes are chilled in their cold room. The grapes are then pressed whole-bunch and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 is added and, as with all their wines, no other additions are made. The juice is then racked to barrel for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 8 weeks. The wine is left without additional sulphur on its lees until spring. During this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered. 10 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak 500L barrels and one new 2000L Foudre.

Mullineux is a highly focused family winery based near the village of Riebeek Kasteel, in the Swartland region of South Africa. They produce a select range of hand-crafted wines from the Granite and Shale based soils of the area.

Tasting notes:
'Older vines, some 80 years, 4 main Swartland soils. Chenin-led with 4 others, carefully chosen. Unchanging style & complexity, stonefruit & mineral, beeswax, almonds, 17 brightened by saline acidity. Wonderful focus, intensity. Follows complex 16.' – Platters Wine Guide 2019, 5*

'The 2017 Old Vines White is a blend of 65% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier, 10% Clairette Blanche, 13% Grenache Blanc and 2% Sémillon Gris. This has a lighter bouquet than the previous vintage, featuring touches of honeysuckle and peach skin with white flowers tucked just behind. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and quite tensile, showing a subtle white pepper and marmalade note toward the precise finish. Very fine, although I have a soft spot for the hedonism shown by the 2016.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91/100

‘The Old Vines White 2017 from Chris and Andrea Mullineux is impeccably well made. It’s just about got it all – enticing aromatics, great fruit expression and just the right amount of weight and texture. The nose shows citrus and stone fruit, earth and spice while the palate is really complex with layers and layers of flavour, the finish long and savoury. A real pleasure to drink.' – Christian Eedes Winemag, 94/100

'This wine has a nose of citrus and stone fruit with some spice and floral elements. The palate is fairly full, layered and richly textured, balanced by a vibrant acidity, with savoury notes. The finish is fresh and pithy. Best served at 10 to 12 °C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.' – Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker

Viticulture:
From seven sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: one parcel of 39 year-old Chenin and a parcel of 9 year old Grenache Blanc on the stony Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg; two parcels of 40-65 year-old dry land bush vine Chenin, one parcel of 42 year old Clairette Blanche and a 58 year old heritage Semillon Gris vineyard grown on the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and a parcel of 19 year-old Viognier on the iron-rich soils of the rolling hills west of Malmesbury. Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 13th February 2017. Yield of between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.

Vinification:
As each parcel is harvested the grapes are chilled in their cold room. The grapes are then pressed whole-bunch and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 is added and, as with all their wines, no other additions are made. The juice is then racked to barrel for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 8 weeks. The wine is left without additional sulphur on its lees until spring. During this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered. 10 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak 500L barrels and one new 2000L Foudre.

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PG 5*

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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