‘The new Mullineux kit is epic,’ says Christian Eedes, who goes on to say that they are ‘must-buys for any serious collector’.
Tasting the Mullineux Single Terroir new-releases confirms that 2016 was an excellent vintage for Swartland Syrah. The drought conditions contributed to smaller berries and greater concentration and the resulting wines are clear expressions of place. These emphatic 2016s even eclipse the outstanding 2015s.
At the cutting-edge of SA fine wine, the Mullineuxs have received many groundbreaking awards and, since 2007, they 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 led to the release of some of the most definitive expressions of the Swartand’s various terroirs. We are excited to offer you the first bite of the impressive 2017 Single Terroir Chenin Blancs and 2016 Single Terroir Syrahs.
It is usually quite easy to pick our favourite among their Syrahs but, this year, they are remarkably close in quality, yet breathtakingly individual. The Schist Syrah ‘Roundstone’ 2016 is composed and beautifully expressive with red fruit, florals and a hauntingly layered, fine-grained palate. Sublime! The Granite Syrah 2016 has broader shoulders, a savoury depth and similarly powerful tannins to the Iron Syrah 2016 which is the richest of the three, with more dark fruit and brooding Rhône spice. These are exceptional wines!
Both Chenins are shy and tightly coiled. The Quartz Chenin Blanc ‘Leliefontein’ 2017requires decanting to show off its subtle citrus notes that follow on to a long, pithy end. Equally shy and focused is the Granite Chenin Blanc 2017 but with more texture, spice and flint on the palate.
Note, this is a pre-release offer. The wines will only be shipped from the 1st week of September. We also have a limited quantity of magnums available for those who are interested.
Mullineux, Granite Syrah 2016 – R 995
A most compelling nose – a top note of fynbos before red and black fruit plus a little bacon. The palate displays excellent fruit definition and fine tannins giving it lovely presence and texture. So beautifully balanced and all of apiece. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 96/100
Mullineux, Iron Syrah 2016 – R 995
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
Mullineux, Schist Syrah ‘Roundstone’ 2016 – R 995
A pretty nose with top notes of lilies, rosemary and lavender before red fruit, white pepper and coriander plus a hint of reduction that only suits the wine. The palate is light but pure with wonderfully lithe tannins, the finish long and gently savoury. As ever, the most elegant of the trio. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 96/100
Mullineux, Granite Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 540
A definite note of reduction before white peach and citrus, flowers and herbs in the background. The palate shows pure fruit, fresh acidity and a pithy finish. Quite lean and phenolic – seems shut down right now. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100
Mullineux, Quartz Chenin Blanc ‘Leliefontein’ 2017 – R 540
White peach and citrus plus some funky leesy character. The palate is richer than its counterpart above with layers of flavour, seemingly quite moderate acidity and a gently savoury finish. Has a slight rusticity about it which only adds interest to the drinking experience. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100