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Old Vines White Blend

Mullineux, Old Vines White Blend 2018

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69% Chenin Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche, 9% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier and 3% Semillon Gris

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.

The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and they use this as the backbone of their white blend. They 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.

Tasting notes:
'Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches, and a clove-like finish. Best served at about 12 ˚C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.' – Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker

Viticulture:
From 7 sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: one parcel of 37 year-old Chenin and a parcel of 8 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 41 year old Clairette Blanche and a 57 year old heritage Semillon Gris vineyard grown on the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and a parcel of 17 year-old Viognier on the iron-rich soils of the rolling hills west of Malmesbury

Vinification:
As each parcel is harvested the grapes are chilled in our 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 our 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. Maturation: 9 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak 500L barrels and one new 2000L Foudre.

Alcohol: 14%

69% Chenin Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche, 9% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier and 3% Semillon Gris

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.

The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and they use this as the backbone of their white blend. They 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.

Tasting notes:
'Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches, and a clove-like finish. Best served at about 12 ˚C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.' – Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker

Viticulture:
From 7 sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: one parcel of 37 year-old Chenin and a parcel of 8 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 41 year old Clairette Blanche and a 57 year old heritage Semillon Gris vineyard grown on the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and a parcel of 17 year-old Viognier on the iron-rich soils of the rolling hills west of Malmesbury

Vinification:
As each parcel is harvested the grapes are chilled in our 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 our 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. Maturation: 9 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak 500L barrels and one new 2000L Foudre.

Alcohol: 14%

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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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