Mullineux, Iron Syrah 750ml 2016South Africa, Swartland
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.
'Dryland Malmesbury hills vineyard with iron-rich koffieklip (ferricrete) soil, for distinctive ferrous/savoury nuance. Other layers include scrub, wild berries, seamed black pepper; 16 'masculine', with excellent muscle tone. Long life ahead, as 15.' – Platters Wine Guide 2019, 5*
'It may be auto-suggestion, but Iron always seems to have some ferrous grip to it, an intense, dry land Syrah with layers of tannin, blackberry and liquorice flavours and a twist of black pepper. Another Mullineux Syrah that needs time. 2022-30.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100
'Matured in 25% new French oak for 18 months, the 2016 Iron Syrah delivers more red fruit on the nose than the 2016, offering cranberry, raspberry, pressed flowers and something a little exotic – marmalade and a touch of tangerine. The medium-bodied palate shows a fine bead of acidity and grips the mouth, the whole bunches lending an (appropriately enough) ferrous-like finish. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100
'Very aromatic with notes of red and black fruit, olive, earth and herbs. The palate is super-concentrated but equally super-detailed. Plenty of fruit power and big, crunchy tannins – dramatic stuff.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100
'This aromatic Syrah is the most full bodied of our single-terroir Syrahs. It has notes of crushed black mussel shells, coastal plants, sea spray and red cherries on the nose. As the 2016 vintage was extremely dry in the Swartland, the usual density and mid-palate are combined with a firm structure from the chalky tannins as the berries were extra small with relatively thick skins. The finish is structured, fresh and long. Best served at 16 to 18 °C. Ageing potential 15 - 25 years. Decanted recommended when opened young.' – Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker
Grapes for their 2016 IRON Syrah were sourced from a single parcel of 18-year old organically farmed dry land bush vines on the rolling iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. This parcel of Syrah gives the best expression of the 'koffieklip' terroir – broadness and mid-palate. Grapes were harvested on the 6th February 2016 with a yield of 2 tons/ha (12HL/ha).
Grapes were first chilled in their cold room then the whole bunches were put into open-top 500L French oak barrels and foot stomped to release some juice. Minimal SO2 was added and, as with all their wines, no further additions were made. After about 4 days, fermentation began with indigenous yeasts and lasted about 10 days. A further four weeks of skin contact was given after which the wine was drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. They pigeaged once a day before, during and after fermentation. In Spring the wine was racked and after a total of 21 months in barrel was bottled unfiltered and unfined. 10 months of aging in bottle was then given before release. 12 months in French oak 500L barrels, 25% new, followed by 9 months in 2nd fill foudre.
|Drink To||Long-term cellar|
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | TA: Tim Atkin MW | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WS: Wine Spectator