Mullineux, Syrah 750ml 2017South Africa, Swartland
The Mullineux 2017 Single Terroir Syrahs continue to be brilliant, singular expressions of not only Swartland Syrah but also SA Syrah.
'Blend of 3 soil types featured in terroir range, half the barrel time (12 months). 2017 quintessential shiraz scrub & hedgerow fruit, white pepper & charcuterie notes, limber tannins. Graceful wine now & minimum 5 years.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)
'One of my ‘go to’ wines when I see it on a restaurant wine list, this intensely perfumed Syrah comes from seven vineyards, mostly on schist soils. Made with 90% whole bunches, it has more tannin than you think at first, layers of spice, violet and blackberry fruit and a refreshing tang. Drink: 2020-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, 93/100
'Combining grapes from seven vineyards planted variously on shale, schist and granite across the Swartland, vinification involved 90% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 14 months in a combination of 225- and 500-litre barrels as well as 2000L-litre foudre, 15% new. The nose shows red fruit, cinnamon and white pepper plus a hint of fynbos while the palate is juicy and sweet-fruited with plenty of volume and surprisingly soft tannins. Alcohol is 14.5% on the label but you wouldn’t guess so and it goes down very easily.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 90/100
'Much has been said of the ‘Goldilocks’ 2015 vintage, it’s one of the greatest of all time. 2017 seems to be next in line. Possibly fresher and more defined with the same typical Swartland perfume and balance as 2015 but more defined and full-bodied in 2017. This wine needs time, it is still taut, with oak and dense fruit weight needing to meld.' – James Pietersen (November 2019)
Grapes for our Syrah come from seven sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: four parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg; two parcels of dry-land, bush vines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Vines are aged between 22 and 30 years. Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 15th February 2017.
With over a decade of dedication to Syrah in the Swartland, and considering the consistency and track record across their various bottlings, Chris and Andrea Mullineux are possibly SA’s best Syrah producers today. At the cutting-edge of SA fine wine, the Mullineuxs have received many ground-breaking awards and, since 2007, have focused their Swartland efforts on Syrah and Chenin Blanc. Their extensive knowledge of Swartland soils, and what Andrea calls a ‘growing technical maturity‘, has consistently led to the release of some of the most definitive expressions of the Swartand’s various terroirs. Produced in minute quantities, these are must-have, collectors’ wines.
|Drink To||Drink or 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 | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator