Mullineux Family Wines
South Africa 

The Estate
This is a small, highly focused family winery producing a select family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa.

Chris was born in Cape Town, raised in Johannesburg, and introduced to the world of wine while studying accountancy at the University of Stellenbosch. After braving his way through accounting, he enrolled into winemaking for a second degree, and on graduating took a position starting up a boutique organic winery in Tulbagh, where he was in charge of the vineyards and cellar for 5 very enjoyable years. In addition to stints at de Trafford and Rustenberg wineries in South Africa, Chris has also worked harvests at top wineries in Cote Rotie, Bandol, the Languedoc, Roussillon, and California. Over the years Chris has had good exposure to the people, vineyards and wines of the Swartland. This has lead to a growing love for, and firm belief in the region, and he looks forward to many creative and hard working vintages in this region with his family.
Andrea developed her passion for wine at the family dinner table, growing up in San Francisco. After studying Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis and completing a handful of harvests in the Napa Valley, Andrea decided to broaden her winemaking knowledge overseas. After a harvest in Stellenbosch, she went on to work in Chateauneuf and, on the same trip, met Chris at a wine festival in Champagne! Andrea's love for South African wine (and Chris) brought her back to South Africa where they learnt that their compatibility extended into the vineyards and cellar. When Andrea is not hard at work in the cellar, her creative energies flow into the kitchen where she loves cooking up a storm, glass of wine in hand.



Chris and Andrea Mullineux

Press article - NEXT-GENERATION WINEMAKERS
- "All roads lead to Rhone" - The Tasting Panel (July 2010)

Platter's Winery of the Year 2014

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"(...) Mullineux Family Wines: Another Swartland winery leapfrogs into a high ranking. It is a new entry and it is rare to arrive on the South African scene with the impressive force shown by the fledgling winery of Chris and Andrea Mullineux, whose first bottled vintage was only in 2008. The elegant Syrah, rich White Blend and sweet Straw Wine have deservedly shared the honours — and what honours!"

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"Having followed Chris and Andre Mullineux’s ascendency from their days working at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyard (see Fable), through their maiden vintage in 2008 to the present, there is something almost inevitable about their fairy tale story. It was just meant to be. Spearheading the Swartland revolution alongside Eben Sadie, Adi Badenhorst et al., their wines have raised the benchmark of what wine-lovers should expect from both Mullineux and Swartland itself. And that is not just good fortune, but rather hours and hours of hard work, with Chris out in the vineyards and Andrea in the winery. The fact that they still have to rent a winery in the town of Riebeek Kasteel makes it even more remarkable – this is no case of chucking wads of cash to ensure quality (which does not necessarily work anyway.) In essence, the challenges that they have faced seem to drive them forward, inevitably toward single vineyard bottlings that debuted with the 2010 Schist and Granite Syrahs, and hopefully toward their own winemaking facilities in the near future. Their Kloof Street white and red offer a wallet-friendly introduction to their wines, although I would not hesitate in spending a few more dollars on their White and Red Blend or if you can get your hands on one of the 99 cases produced, their Schist and Granite Syrahs. On this point, I asked Chris for some background on these wines “The winemaking is pretty similar, and for us the main difference is the soils, and specifically the moisture holding capacity of them. The schist soils are very rocky, shallow and steep, so any excess water tends to run off while the decomposed granite soils are much deeper, with a layer of clay about 2 meters below the surface that holds moisture. As a result the vines grown in the schist soils tend to struggle more and have more open canopies, smaller bunches and berries with thicker skins. The wines tend to be more dense and structured. Vines grown in Swartland’s decomposed granite have a slightly easier time as they have more moisture in the subsoil, so the canopies are larger with more shade and the bunches and berries are larger with thinner skins. The wines, therefore, tend to be more floral and perfumed (from the extra shade), and fresher.” I asked Chris whether there were any significant differences between the recent vintages. “There was not much to differentiate 2010 and 2011. Both were good vintages in the Swartland: relatively dry winters and cool summers without any major heat waves before we harvested. There were some heat waves after we harvested in 2011, and this compounded with the two preceding dry winters had more of an impact on vintages 2012 (very uneven ripeness) and 2013 (some vineyards with low acidities).” Mullineux epitomize elegant, terroir-driven, traditionally tailored wines that deliver nuanced scents and flavors while rarely treading over 13.5% alcohol. They do not shortchange wine-lovers on flavor, yet at the heart of their best blends there is an intellectual aspect that leaves you wanting more. If you have not discovered Mullineux yet – what are you waiting for?" - Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue 209, October 2013)

The Vineyards
Very low summer rainfall coupled with afternoon and evening breezes off the Atlantic Ocean result in low disease pressure. Vineyards are often planted in amongst the natural rhenoster veldt and fynbos, which provide refuge for predators of vineyard pests, and help reduce the spread of disease. Weeds struggle to establish themselves and spread, making it easier to control them without the need of herbicides.
Chris and Andrea have put together a group vineyards in the most interesting parts of the Swartland, which are mostly found around the shale and schist based Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and the granite based Paardeberg mountain.
Lammershoek - The deep white, granitic soils on Lammershoek produce wines that are exceptionally pure, with a granitic perfume that shines through in red and white varieties.
Kasteelsig -
The soils, found on the rolling hills north of Malmesbury, are a deep combination of red gravel and iron, and produce dark, concentrated wines that are the flesh of our blends.
Kloovenburg -
The highly varied row directions and aspects bring much complexity to wines, and the high shale content of the soils gives serious structure, and brings an earthy spicy character to syrah planted in them.
Mountain View -
The soils are shale based, which drain easily, reducing vigor and providing grapes of perfume, freshness and structure.

The vineyards are planted with grape varieties (which are mostly Mediterranean in origin) that are ideally suited to the environment, and are farmed sustainably and in harmony with their surroundings: Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Viognier.

The Wines

MULLINEUX LABELS                       KLOOF STREET LABELS

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[White Blend] - [Syrah] - [Straw Wine]

SINGLE TERROIR
 [Quartz Chenin Blanc] - [Schist Chenin Blanc]
 [Iron Syrah] -  [Granite+Schist Syrah mixed case] - [Granite Syrah] - [Schist Syrah]


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2012 Mullineux, White Blend 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01294 7
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76% Chenin Blanc, 16% Clairette Blanche, 8% Viognier.
"The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin, and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift."
Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2012 white blend come from five vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 33 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils
of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin, and Clairette blanche, grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain; and a parcel of 12 year-old Viognier planted on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were harvested between the 27th January and 13th February 2012.
Yields: Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
Winemaking: Hand-picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after the Voignier is destemmed directly to tank, and macerated on the skins for 4 to 5 days before pressing. The Chenin, and Clairette, are pressed whole-bunch, and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. 20ppm 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 6 weeks. The barrels are left without sulphur on its lees until spring. In this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.
Maturation: 11 months in older (3rd and 4th fill) French oak barrels, and one 2000L Foudre.
Tasting Note: Lemon-straw in color, this wine has a nose of crushed rocks, green citrus, cloves and a floral perfume. The palate is full, rich and has a mineral core, with a fresh, clove-like finish. Best served at 10 to 12 C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.

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Christian Eedes, 93/100 pts

"The 2012 White Blend is comprised of 76% Chenin Blanc, 16% Clairette Blanche and 8% Viognier, the first two whole bunch pressed and aged for 11 months in used oak and one 2,000-liter foudre. It has a slightly muted bouquet at first, with dried pineapple, apricot and a touch of wax resin that becomes more pronounced with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely, waxy opening. Chris and Andrea have fashioned a Chenin that is a more textural experience than one offering conspicuous flavors. It has great precision toward the finish with touches of hazelnut and grilled almond. A case of “less is more.” Excellent – and quite cerebral. Drink now-2020.- NM"
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue 209, October 2013), 91 pts

"A blend of old-vine chenin (76 percent) with fruit from newer plantings of clairette blanche and viognier, this melds flavors of fresh peach, pale wheat and honey into a mild and mellow white. There’s a slight warmth to the acidity, but the overall impression is clean. This should cellar well; to decant for a crab salad."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2014), 90 pts


"This rich, unctuous blend of chenin blanc, clairette blanche and viognier is fragrant with peach blossom and honeysuckle, followed by ripe tree fruit flavors over a mineral core that somehow keeps it in (soft) focus. Alcohol by volume: 13.5 percent."
- Washington Post (October 30th 2013, 5 wines that pair exceptionally well with food) ***

 
"Features melded notes of almond, glazed pear and piecrust, with a lingering persimmon hint on the creamy finish. Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche and Viognier. Drink now. 800 cases made. –JM"
- Wine Spectator (October 15th 2013), 89 pts

2011 Mullineux, White Blend 12/750ml
UPC code
: 7 84585 01294 7
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65% Chenin Blanc, 26% Clairette Blanche, 9% Viognier.
"The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin, and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift."
Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2011 white blend come from five vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 32 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils
of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin, and Clairette blanche, grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain; and a parcel of 11 year-old Viognier planted on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 9th February 2011.
Yields: Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
Winemaking: Hand-picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after the Voignier is destemmed directly to tank, and macerated on the skins for 4 to 5 days before pressing. The Chenin, and Clairette, are pressed whole-bunch, and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. 20ppm 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 6 weeks. The barrels are left without sulphur on its lees until spring. In this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.
Maturation: 11 months in older (3rd and 4th fill) French oak barrels, and one 2000L Foudre.
Tasting Note: Lemon-straw in color, this wine has a nose of crushed rocks, green citrus, cloves and a floral perfume. The palate is full, rich and has a mineral core, with a fresh, clove-like finish. Best served at 10 to 12 C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.

"This Chenin Blanc blend is exceptionally rich and complex, revealing tangy stone fruit on the nose and a smooth, ice cream textured palate of tart tatin with stony minerals on the finish. A blend of Chenin Blanc (65%), Clairette Blanche (26%), and Viognier (9%)."
- International Wine Review (April 2013), 93 pts


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The White Blend is a beautifully balanced and refined wine revealing delicate honeysuckle and dried herbs with prominent minerality, good acidity, and a superbly textured, lanolin-tinged palate. It offers incredible value in a Rhone style blend. Made of 65% Chenin Blanc, 26% Clairette Blanche, and 9% Viognier from five different vineyard parcels. Fermented in barrel with native yeasts then aged 11 months in used French oak."
- I-Wine Review (December 2013), 92 pts


"(65% Chenin Blanc, 26% Viognier, 9% Clairette Blanc) Textural, fresh, bright fruit. Bone dry with pure apple concentration. Fruit from 60-year-old, dry-farmed vineyards, fermented in old oak foudres. Drink 2013–2018"
- Decanter (March 2013), 95 pts

"Bright, pale yellow gold. Highly nuanced aromas of honeycomb, oatmeal and dusty herbs. Silky, seamless and understated, offering lovely richness and depth to its flavors of yellow fruit, herbs and honey lifted by a hint of orange oil. Finishes very long and classically dry. This fascinating, subtle white blend needs at least a couple years of cellaring."
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue #168, May/June 2013), 92 pts

"This has the lovely delicate aroma of a blend, though the Chenin fruit dominates. On the palate it is creamy and sophisticated and long. Extremely persistent. A wine to spend the evening with, not a speed date. Very, very long."
- Jancis Robinson (South Africa's Next Generation, May 7th 2013), 17/20

"Ripe and flashy, with toasted almond and hazelnut notes leading the way, followed by ginger cream, tangerine, persimmon and pie-crust accents. Long and creamy through the finish. For fans of the showy style. Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche and Viognier. Drink now. 800 cases made. –JM"
- Wine Spectator (June 15th 2013), 90 pts


2010 Mullineux, White Blend 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01294 7
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80% Chenin Blanc, 10% Clairette Blanche, 10% Viognier.
"The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin, and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift."

"The 2010 White Blend consists of 80% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier and 10% Clairette fermented and aged in old French barrels for 12 months during which it goes through complete malo. It has an exquisite bouquet with notes of grapefruit, honeysuckle, melted candle wax and a hint of jasmine. The palate is well-balanced with a lovely, creamy textured entry. Racy from start to finish with just a dash of spice, dried honey, mango and orange zest and impressive persistence, this is a superb Chenin Blanc blend. Drink now-2018.
For the sake of disclosure, readers should be aware that I have known Chris and Andre Mullineux-s financial backer long before they established Mullineux Family Wines. However, this Swartland producer is too important and their wines too good to pass over. Along with Eben Sadie, Chris has been at the forefront of the so-called -Swartland Revolution.- He adopts a minimalist approach to his wine with particular focus upon expression of terroir and this has resulted in the debut of two single vineyard releases in 2010, with the goal of translating the granite and schist soils of Swartland. This is Old World mantra applied to the New World to great effect. But let us begin with their entry-level range entitled -Kloof Street,- which is sourced from vineyards under long-term contracts."
- eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin, August 2011), 91pts



"This Chenin-based blend - With 10% Clairette Blanc and 10% Viognier- offers great richness and a lush texture. Notes of beeswax and brioche add depth to the orange oil, pear, melon and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. The medium weight mouth offers a fresh lemony citrus and green plum tartness, keeping the palate clean and vibrant. Drink Now - 2014"
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Wine Enthusiast (July 2012), 90 pts
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2009 Mullineux, White Blend 12/750ml
UPC code
: 7 84585 01294 7
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61% Chenin, 23% Clairette Blanche, 16% Viognier.
"The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin, and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift."

Winemaking: Hand picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after the Viognier is destemmed directly to tank, and macerated on the skins for 4 to 5 days before pressing. The Chenin, Clairette and Grenache blanc are pressed whole-bunch, and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. 20ppm SO2 is added, and with all our wines, no other additions are made. The juice is the racked to barrel for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts, and lasts up to 6 weeks. After fermentation, the wine is allowed to go through malolactic fermentation if it wants, and is left without sulphur on it's lees until spring. We will give a small amount of battonage if necessary for mouthfeel. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.

Maturation: 11 months in used (3rd and 4th fill) French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Lemon-straw in color, this wine has a nose of crushed rocks, green citrus, cloves and a floral perfume. The palate is full, rich and has a mineral core, with a fresh, clove-like finish. Best served at 10 to 12 C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.

"Ripe and unctuous, but well-defined, with riveting acidity that drives through the melon, creamed peach and Jonagold apple flavors. The long finish lets bitter almond and persimmon notes flitter through. Chenin Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Drink now through 2011. 640 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (Nov. 2010), 92 pts


"The 2009 White Blend consists of 61% Chenin Blanc, 21% Clairette Blanche and 16% Viognier and was matured in 225-liter barriques. The nose is reminiscent of a Roussillon Grenache Gris and is very well defined with hints of lanolin, dried peach, vanilla and a hint of fresh pear. The palate is very well defined with crisp acidity on the entry than waltzes in step with notes of fresh Conference pear, spice, dried lychee and hints of shaved ginger on the punchy finish. This is very focused and has great penetration, a wine that you will not forget. Just 675 cases produced. Drink 2011-2015."
- eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin, August 2011), 91pts


2008 Mullineux, White
"Tasted blind at home. A superb debut from Swartland, a blend of 85% Chenin Blanc with the rest consisting of equal proportions of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Viognier. It has a wonderful Roussillon-like bouquet that soars from the glass with touches of white flower, fennel and grapefruit. Wonderful definition. The palate is very well balanced with freshly cut lime, grapefruit once again, citrus lemon and a touch of passion fruit. Very well crafted, nice weight on the slightly waxy-textured, almost smoky finish with a hint of fennel returning on the back palate. Lovely. Drink now-2011+ Tasted March 2009."
- Wine Advocate (Sept. 2009), 92 pts

National Retail Price: $33.99 / bottle



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UPC code: 7 84585 01296 1
2012 Mullineux, Syrah 12/750ml
"Our aim with our Syrah is to give true and complete expression to the Shale, Schist and Granite terroirs in which the vines grow."

Source of Grapes:
Grapes for our 2012 Syrah were sourced from six vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: Three parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; two parcels of dry land, bushvines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Vines are aged between 17 and 24 years. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
Date(s) Harvested:
Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 5th February 2012.
Yields:
Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
Winemaking:
Hand picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after they are crushed and destemmed to tank, and between 20 to 50% whole bunches are added. 25ppm SO2 is added, and as with all our wines, no other additions are made. The must is initially pigeaged once a day. After about 4 days, fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts, and the wine is pigeaged once or twice a day, depending on extract and tannin development. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 30 degrees centigrade. Fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days, and after fermentation, two to four weeks (also depending on tannin development) skin contact is given. The wine is then drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The different parcels are racked in Spring to blend the wine, which is then returned to barrel and bottled unfiltered and unfined after 11 months in barrel.
Maturation:
11 months, French oak 225L & 500L barrels, and 2000L Foudre. 15% new wood in total.
Tasting Note:
This perfumed Syrah has notes of black pepper, refined black fruit, smoke and herbs. The palate is full bodied and spicy, with a silky texture and a balanced natural acidity. The long finish is fresh and surprisingly long and supple. Best served at 16 to 18 C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting when drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling.

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UPC code: 7 84585 01296 1
2011 Mullineux, Syrah 12/750ml
"Our aim with our Syrah is to give true and complete expression to the Shale, Schist and Granite terroirs in which the vines grow."

Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2011 Syrah were sourced from six vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: Three parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; two parcels of dry land, bushvines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Vines are aged between 16 and 23 years. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
Date(s) Harvested:
Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 18th February 2011.
Yields:
Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
Winemaking:
Hand picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after they are crushed and destemmed to tank, and between 20 to 50% whole bunches are added. 25ppm SO2 is added, and as with all our wines, no other additions are made. The must is initially pigeaged once a day. After about 4 days, fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts, and the wine is pigeaged once or twice a day, depending on extract and tannin development. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 30 degrees centigrade. Fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days, and after fermentation, two to four weeks (also depending on tannin development) skin contact is given. The wine is then drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The different parcels are racked in Spring to blend the wine, which is then returned to barrel and bottled unfiltered and unfined after 11 months in barrel. Please decant (or give time!) when drunk young.
Maturation:
11 months, French oak 225L & 500L barrels, and 2000L Foudre. 15% new wood in total.
Tasting Note:
This perfumed Syrah has notes of black pepper, refined black fruit, smoke and herbs. The palate is full bodied and spicy, with a silky texture and a balanced natural acidity. The long finish is fresh and surprisingly long and supple. Best served at 16 to 18 C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting when drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling.

"The 2011 Syrah includes 20% whole bunch fruit and sees two to four weeks skin contact, before maturation in foudres for 11 months, 20% new. It has a vivacious, pretty, feminine bouquet with kirsch, dark cherry and a tang of marmalade, later a hint of peppermint developing in the glass. The palate is well-balanced with a fresh, quite fleshy entry. It is well-balanced, very supple in the mouth with a gradual build toward a sensual, subtly spiced finish that glides across the mouth. This is just lovely and so easy to drink. Drink now-2017.- NM"
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue 209, October 2013),
92 pts


"This red has guts and intensity, showing a lively briary edge that pushes the mouthfilling flavors of boysenberry compote, blackberry coulis and plum cake. Singed anise and apple wood notes drive the finish, where some serious grip slides in. Best from 2014 through 2018. 1,375 cases made. –JM"
- Wine Spectator (October 15th 2013), 91pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 01296 1
2010 Mullineux, Syrah 12/750ml
"Our aim with our Syrah is to give true and complete expression to the Shale, Schist and Granite terroirs in which the vines grow."

Source of Grapes:
Grapes for our 2010 Syrah were sourced from six vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: Three parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; two parcels of dry land, bushvines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Vines are aged between 15 and 22 years. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
Date(s) Harvested:
Grapes were harvested between the 28th January and 12th February 2010.
Yields:
Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
Winemaking:
Hand picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after they are crushed and destemmed to tank, and between 20 to 50% whole bunches are added. 25ppm SO2 is added, and as with all our wines, no other additions are made. The must is initially pigeaged once a day. After about 4 days, fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts, and the wine is pigeaged once or twice a day, depending on extract and tannin development. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 30 degrees centigrade. Fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days, and after fermentation, two to four weeks (also depending on tannin development) skin contact is given. The wine is then drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The different parcels are racked in Spring to blend the wine, which is then returned to barrel and bottled unfiltered and unfined after 11 months in barrel. Please decant (or give time!) when drunk young.
Maturation:
11 months, French oak 225L & 500L barrels, and 2000L Foudre. 15% new wood in total.
Tasting Note:
This perfumed Syrah has notes of black pepper, refined black fruit, smoke and herbs. The palate is full bodied and spicy, with a silky texture and a balanced natural acidity. The long finish is fresh and surprisingly long and supple. Best served at 16 to 18 C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting when drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling.

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2013 Platter Wine Guide (October 31st 2012), ***** (5 Stars)
+ Red Wine of the Year

"A tantalising wine on the nose – not giving much away but suggesting a good deal. Light notes of dark fruit and liquorice. Then on the palate, that coal-like dark texture that I associate with vines on granite, giving a dry finesse and fresh length. So refined – tannins are fine but slide over the palate. All so restrained and elegant. Definitely northern Rhône in style."
- Jancis Robinson (South Africa's Next Generation, May 7th 2013), 17.5/20

"Good dark red. Sexy aromas of raspberry, crushed stone, spices and herbs; I would have picked this blind as a northern Rhone syrah from granitic soil. Silky, sweet and perfumed on the palate, with subtly complex flavors of strawberry, blueberry, pepper and stone. Builds slowly and lingers long on the aromatic back end, which features very fine-grained tannins. I suspect this wonderfully subtle syrah will show more opulence with a few years in the cellar. By the way, this was the Platter Guide's (South Africa's leading wine guide) red wine of the year."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue #168, May/June 2013), 92+ pts

"The 2010 Syrah boasts a rich and meaty nose, albeit somewhat closed. It is sourced from six different vineyards and vinified separately using 20% whole clusters. Aged in 10% new oak for a year, it reveals rich blackberry fruit, spice, earth and black olive on a velvet-like palate. It is beautifully balanced with round firm tannins, good acidity and a fine finish. It is ready to drink now but will improve with age. Alc. 14%. Grapes for the Syrah come from six different parcels. Matured 11 months in French oak barrels of different sizes, about 15% new."
- I-WineReview (December 2013), 92+ pts

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- Wine Enthusiast (March 2014), 89 pts


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UPC code: 7 84585 01296 1
2009 Mullineux, Syrah 12/750ml
"Our aim with our Syrah is to give true and complete expression to the Shale, Schist and Granite terroirs in which the vines grow."

"Sourced from six vineyards to represent the different terroirs of Swartland, the 2009 Syrah was 20% whole cluster fruit and it was raised in 10% new oak for 12 months. The nose is taciturn at first but a few swirls of the glass soon wakes it up with enticing scents of dark berried fruit, a dash of white pepper and kalamata olive that opens nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with plump blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of black plum with very fine acidity. This leads to a caressing, fleshy finish that belies the structure underneath. Classic in style, reserved but ambitious, the 2009 Syrah should repay several years aging. Drink 2013-2018."
- eRobertParker (Neal Martin, August 2011), 92pts

"Lush and inviting, with delicious fig, plum and hoisin sauce notes laced with graphite, roasted apple wood and tobacco. Long and fleshy through the finish, with the full range of flavors playing out nicely. Drink now through 2016. 900 cases made. –JM"
- Wine Spectator (April 30th 2012), 91pts

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2008 Mullineux, Syrah 12/750ml

"Our aim with our Syrah is to give true and complete expression to the Shale, Schist and Granite terroirs in which the vines grow."

Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2008 Syrah come from six vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: Three parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; two parcels of dry land bushvines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg Mountain; and one on the rolling, clay & iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Vines are aged between 12 and 18 years.


Winemaking:
Hand-picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, whereafter they are crushed and destemmed to tank, and between 5 to 25% whole bunches are added. 25ppm SO2 is added, and as with all our wines, no other additions are made. The must is initially pigeaged once a day. After about 4 days, fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts, and the wine is pigeaged once or twice a day, depending on extract and tannin development. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 30 degrees Centigrade. Fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days, and after fermentation, an additional 2 to 4 weeks (also depending on tannin development) skin contact is given. The wine is then drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The different parcels are racked in Spring to blend the wine, which is then returned to barrel and bottled unfiltered and unfined after 11 months in barrel. Please decant (or give time in the glass!) when drunk young.

Maturation: 11 months in a combination of very tight French oak 225L barriques and 500L demi muids. 15% new.


Tasting Note:
This perfumed Syrah has notes of black pepper, refined black fruit, smoke and herbs. The palate is full bodied and spicy, with a silky texture and a balanced natural acidity. The long finish is fresh and surprisingly long and supple. Best served at 16 to 18 C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting when drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling.

"Very juicy, with ripe, enticing plum and fig notes laced with a tangy sanguine streak. The long, fleshy finish lets spice and graphite notes emerge. This has good buried grip. Drink now through 2010. 1,300 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (Sep. 2009), 90 pts

Accolades:  93/100 Jamie Goode; 4.5 Stars - The 2010 Platters Wine Guide; 91/100 The Wine Gang (Tim Atkin, Anthony Rose, Joanna Simon, Tom Cannavan & Oli Smith)
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2013 Mullineux, Straw Wine 6/375ml

100% air-dried Chenin blanc
"The secret to Straw Wine is harvesting grapes at normal ripeness levels to capture a healthy acidity, which is concentrated along with the intense Chenin blanc flavors, and sugar into a super intense, but balanced treat."

Source of Grapes:
Grapes for our 2013 Straw Wine were sourced from one parcel of 33 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and one parcel of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin blanc grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. These are our parcels that give us the best acidity at harvest.
Yields: Harvested:
5 tons/ha = 30 HL/ha. Final yields after drying: 100L/ton = 6HL/ha
Winemaking:
Grapes are harvested at normal ripeness level of 23° Brix. They are left to dry outdoors on racks and wires for roughly 3 weeks. This process allows moisture to evaporate from the berries, concentrating sugars, acids and flavor.
When the grapes have shriveled half way to becoming raisins and the sugar has increased to about 52° Brix, they are brought to the cellar where they are crushed and pressed whole bunch, and racked straight to old 225L barrels. A small amount of sulphur (30ppm) is added to inhibit bacteria but allow the natural yeast to ferment. Fermentation takes roughly 6 months, and stops naturally when the yeast cannot ferment any further. Once fermentation is complete we treat the 6 barrels differently. Some barrels are not topped, but allowed to oxidize slowly, to build complexity. Some barrels are topped every few months, but left without sulphur, and the remaining barrels are dosed with sulphur and are topped every couple of months to maintain their purity and fruit. After 12 months all the barrels are racked and blended, and the wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Maturation:
12 months in old (5th fill) 225L French oak barrels
Tasting Note:
Deep golden straw in color, with a rich, viscous appearance. The nose is a complex, enticing blend of dried peaches, apricots and marmalade, with savory, nutty aromas of almonds, marzipan and honey. The intense, dizzying mouthfeel is balanced by a clean, fresh and very long finish of dried apricots. The wine is best served chilled at 9 to 11 C.

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2012 Mullineux, Straw Wine 6/375ml

100% air-dried Chenin blanc
"The secret to Straw Wine is harvesting grapes at normal ripeness levels to capture a healthy acidity, which is concentrated along with the intense Chenin blanc flavors, and sugar into a super intense, but balanced treat."
Source of Grapes:
Grapes for our 2012 Straw Wine were sourced from one parcel of 33 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and one parcel of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin blanc grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. These are our parcels that give us the best acidity at harvest.
Yields:
Harvested: 5 tons/ha = 30 HL/ha. Final yields after drying: 100L/ton = 6HL/ha
Winemaking:
Grapes are harvested at normal ripeness level of 23° Brix. They are left to dry outdoors on racks and wires for roughly 3 weeks. This process allows moisture to evaporate from the berries, concentrating sugars, acids and flavor.
When the grapes have shriveled half way to becoming raisins and the sugar has increased to about 52° Brix, they are brought to the cellar where they are crushed and pressed whole bunch, and racked straight to old 225L barrels. A small amount of sulphur (30ppm) is added to inhibit bacteria but allow the natural yeast to ferment. Fermentation takes roughly 6 months, and stops naturally when the yeast cannot ferment any further. Once fermentation is complete we treat the 6 barrels differently. Some barrels are not topped, but allowed to oxidize slowly, to build complexity. Some barrels are topped every few months, but left without sulphur, and the remaining barrels are dosed with sulphur and are topped every couple of months to maintain their purity and fruit. After 12 months all the barrels are racked and blended, and the wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Maturation:
12 months in old (5th fill) 225L French oak barrels
Tasting Note:
Deep golden straw in color, with a rich, viscous appearance. The nose is a complex, enticing blend of dried peaches, apricots and marmalade, with savory, nutty aromas of almonds, marzipan and honey. The intense, dizzying mouthfeel is balanced by a clean, fresh and very long finish of dried apricots. The wine is best served chilled at 9 to 11 C.

"Chris and Andrea Mullineux met at a wine conference in Champagne, eventually settling in Swartland, where they focus on Rhône varieties. They also produce this chenin blanc from two vineyards that sustain high acidity in the grapes; one is more than 30 years old on shale and schist; the other is more than 40, where the dry-farmed bush vines grow on decomposed granite. They harvest around 23° Brix, then let the grapes dry on racks for three weeks to concentrate the sugars. They then crush the grapes and ferment them without added yeast, which can take up to six months. They age it six months in barrel, topping some of them to preserve the freshness while leaving others alone, allowing some oxidation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the wine is fresh and luscious, layering flavors of candied orange, golden raisin, grilled pineapple, wheat germ and straw. Put all those reactions aside and think of the moist air in an apple orchard along the Atlantic coast, of how succulent and fragrant the air can be."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2014), 94 pts


"The 2012 Straw Wine was harvested at usual ripeness and air-dried over three weeks before aging in old French barriques for 11 months. It has a lovely iridescent amber hue. The nose is less flamboyant than recent vintages, more strict with clear honey, mandarin, quince and marmalade. The palate is unctuous on the entry with marmalade, honey, Clementine, hints of toffee and papaya. It is very well-balanced with the acidity to maintain freshness and poise. This is another superb straw wine from Chris and Andrea, though perhaps the 2011 is endowed with a soupcon more tension? Drink now-2030+.- NM"
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue 209, October 2013),
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2011 Mullineux, Straw Wine 6/375ml

100% air-dried Chenin blanc
"The secret to Straw Wine is harvesting grapes at normal ripeness levels to capture a healthy acidity, which is concentrated along with the intense Chenin blanc flavors, and sugar into a super intense, but balanced treat."

Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2011 Straw Wine were sourced from one parcel of 32 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and one parcel of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin blanc grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. These are our parcels that give us the best acidity at harvest.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were harvested between the 26th January and 5th February 2011
Yields: Harvested: 5 tons/ha = 30 HL/ha. Final yields after drying: 100L/ton = 6HL/ha
Winemaking: Grapes are harvested at normal ripeness level of 23° Brix. They are left to dry outdoors on racks and wires for roughly 3 weeks. This process allows moisture to evaporate from the berries, concentrating sugars, acids and flavor.
When the grapes have shriveled half way to becoming raisins and the sugar has increased to about 54° Brix, they are brought to the cellar where they are crushed and pressed whole bunch, and racked straight to old 225L barrels. A small amount of sulphur (30ppm) is added to inhibit bacteria but allow the natural yeast to ferment. Fermentation takes roughly 6 months, and stops naturally when the yeast cannot ferment any further. Once fermentation is complete we treat the 6 barrels differently. Some barrels are not topped, but allowed to oxidize slowly, to build complexity. Some barrels are topped every few months, but left without sulphur, and the remaining barrels are dosed with sulphur and are topped every couple of months to maintain their purity and fruit. After 12 months all the barrels are racked and blended, and the wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Maturation: 12 months in old (5th fill) 225L French oak barrels
Tasting Note: Deep golden straw in color, with a rich, viscous appearance. The nose is a complex, enticing blend of dried peaches, apricots and marmalade, with savory, nutty aromas of almonds, marzipan and honey. The intense, dizzying mouthfeel is balanced by a clean, fresh and very long finish of dried apricots. The wine is best served chilled at 9 to 11 C.

"Made of 100% Chenin Blanc, unfiltered and unfined, this amber-honey colored ambrosia shows incredibly concentrated, sweet flavors of apricot with notes of ripe pineapple and coconut, beautifully balanced by bright acidity. The finish is clean and bright and goes on and on. The best of the Mullineux Straw Wines yet tasted. "
- International Wine Review (April 2013), 94+ pts

"A beautifully balanced and rich sweet wine showing honey, dried stone fruit, and a note of marzipan, finishing very clean and fresh. One of the world’s best dessert wines. Made of Chenin Blanc grapes dried on outdoor racks for three weeks before pressing whole bunch and racking to oak barriques. Fermentation (native yeasts) takes about six months and ends naturally, in 2011 leaving 230 g/l RS. Aged one year in 5th fill French oak."
- I-WineReview (December 2013), 94 pts


- 2013 Platter Wine Guide (October 31st 2012), ***** (5 Stars)


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2010 Mullineux, Straw Wine 6/375ml

100% air-dried Chenin blanc
"The secret to Straw Wine is harvesting grapes at normal ripeness levels to capture a healthy acidity, which is concentrated along with the intense Chenin blanc flavors, and sugar into a super intense, but balanced treat."
"The 2010 Straw Wine is a pure Chenin Blanc dried under trees for three weeks and fermented in older barrels with 345gms residual sugar and 8.5% alcohol. It has a gorgeous nose of honeysuckle, orange blossom, apricot and a touch of quince with superb definition. The palate is thick and viscous on the entry, very pure and seductive with marmalade, quince, honey and citrus peel. It is a ravishing straw wine and completely irresistible. Drink now-2025+"
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eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin, August 2011), 94pts

"It's difficult to meet the standards set by the spectacular 2009 vintage, but the 2010 comes very close. The Mullineux Straw Wine continues to be one of the best straw wines we've ever tasted from anywhere. It's made from a special 30 year old block of Chenin Blanc in the shale and schist soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain that produces especially high acidity. Honey, ripe stonefruit and marzipan show on the palate. The finish goes on forever, leaving a clean and lively sensation. The grapes dry outdoors for 3 weeks, then pressed whole bunch, and racked to small oak barrels to slowly ferment for about 6 months until fermentation stops naturally and then aged another 12 months in barrel. Some barrels are not topped up to allow for oxidation to contribute complexity to the wine."
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IWineReview.com (2012), 94 pts

"This is gorgeous, with date, persimmon, guava and lychee flavors all framed by a dried orange peel note. Unctuous and fleshy on the finish, but with a mouthwatering edge. Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2015.—J.M."
- Wine Spectator (April 30th 2012), 92 pts


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2009 Mullineux, Straw Wine 6/375ml

100% air-dried Chenin blanc
"The secret to Straw Wine is harvesting grapes at normal ripeness levels to capture a healthy acidity, which is concentrated along with the intense Chenin blanc flavors, and sugar into a super intense, but balanced treat."

Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2008 Straw Wine come from a single parcel of 28 year old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain. This is the parcel of Chenin that gives us the best acidity at harvest.

Winemaking: Grapes are harvested at normal ripeness levels of 23 Brix. They are left to dry outdoors in the shade for roughly 3 weeks. This process allows moisture to evaporate from the berries, concentrating the sugars, acids and flavor. When the grapes have shriveled half way to becoming raisins and the sugar has increased to about 48 Brix, they are brought to the cellar where they are crushed and pressed (for 36 hours) whole bunch, and racked directly to old 225L barrels. A small amount of sulphur (30 pmm) is added to inhibit bacteria, and fermentation is allowed to proceed naturally, without any other additions being made. Fermentation takes roughly 6 months, and ends naturally (when the yeast simply can't ferment any further!). To build complexity, the barrels are not topped, and the wine is bottles unfiltered and unfined.

Maturation: 11 months in used (5th fill) 225L  French oak barriques.

Tasting Note: Deep golden straw in color, with a rich, viscous appearance. The nose is a complex, enticing blend of dried peaches, apricots and marmalade, with savory, nutty aromas of almonds, marzipan and honey. The intense, dizzying mouthfeel is balanced by a clean, fresh and very long finish of dried apricots. The wine is best served chilled at 9 to 11 C.

"Opulent, boasting thickly textured fig, date, clove, dried blood orange and persimmon notes that weave through the long, unctuous, maple-tinged finish. A great tug of acidity at the end pulls you back for more. Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2012. 161 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (Nov. 2010), 93 pts

Accolades:  96/100 Neal Martin (eRobertParker.com);  5 Stars - the 2010 Platters Wine Guide;   17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

"How can a wine this thick and unctuous be so focused? Chenin Blanc is picked at normal ripeness and air-dried for three weeks, resulting in an amazing wine of intense sweetness, with a supernal brilliance beamed in by exhilarating acidity. Peach, dried apricot, orange marmalade, and honey are elaborated by notes of almond, tea, and tobacco. This singular wine demonstrates the potential of both Chenin Blanc and South Africa."
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Joanna Breslin, 2010 Sommelier's Choice Wine List (Dec 2010)

2008 Mullineux Straw
"Poured alongside Yquem ’86 no less, this debut straw wine from Chris Mullineux was equal in stature…it’s that good. Pure Chenin Blanc cropped at 23-24 Brix, coming in at 10.2% ABV and 295 grams residual, it has a deep auburn colour. The nose is spellbinding with apricot, a touch of barley sugar, quince and a touch of lanolin. Wonderful balance on the unctuous palate but suffused with a degree of tension that so few sweet wines can pull off. Succulent apricot, honey and tangerine on the mellifluous finish. Pure and vibrant. This represents a show-stopping debut. Drink now-2020+ Tasted March 2009."
- Wine Advocate (Sept. 2009), 96 pts


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201- Mullineux, Quartz Chenin Blanc Old Vines Swartland
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"Quartz Chenin Blanc Old Vines"

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Date(s) Harvested:
Grapes were harvested on the 28th January and 4th February 2012.

Yields:
Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.

Winemaking:
Hand-picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after they are pressed whole-bunch, and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. 20ppm 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 for about 4 weeks. The barrels are left without sulphur on its lees until spring. In this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.

Maturation:
14 months in older (3rd and 4th fill) French oak barrels.

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201- Mullineux, Schist Chenin Blanc Old Vines Swartland
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Source of Grapes: Grapes for our 2012 Schist Chenin blanc come from two parcels of Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, aged 34 and 38 years old. We lease both parcels on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management. These are the parcels of Chenin that gives the best expression of the Kasteelberg’s terroir – density and structure – but with a decent balance of acidity.

Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were harvested on the 28th January and 4th February 2012.

Yields: Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.

Winemaking: Hand-picked grapes are cooled in our cold room, where after they are pressed whole-bunch, and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. 20ppm 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 for about 4 weeks. The barrels are left without sulphur on its lees until spring. In this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.

Maturation: 14 months in older (3rd and 4th fill) French oak barrels.

Tasting Note: Lemon-straw in colour, this wine has a nose of green and ripe citrus and cloves. The palate is full, dense and textured, with a fresh, clove-like finish. Best served at about 12 C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.


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2010 Mullineux, 2010 Granite Syrah + Schist Syrah, mixed case 6/750ml
3 bottles of 2010 Granite Syrah + 3 bottles of 2010 Schist Syrah (see description below)


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2010 Mullineux, 2010 Granite Syrah + Schist Syrah, mixed case of Magnum, 2/1.5 Liters
1 Magnum of 2010 Granite Syrah + 1 Magnum of 2010 Schist Syrah (see description below)


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2010 Mullineux, Granite Syrah Swartland
UPC# for the 750ml: 7 84585 01462 0
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‘Granite’ is from from a 17 year old vineyard on the Paardeberg with soils that are sandy granitic with a thick layer of clay. Because of the clay, the vines always have good moisture levels, leading to bigger berries with thinner skins, and which enjoy more shade from the larger canopies. This leads to fresh, aromatic wines with some subtle green characters.Both wines were made with 100% stems, and 50% new wood. Two 500 litre barrels of each wine were made, which equates to 100 cases of each

"Sweet aromatic black cherry fruit nose with some meaty overtones. The palate is fresh, lively and spicy with meaty berry fruits. It’s quite rich yet fresh at the same time, with some lighter mineral notes in the mix. Lovely freshness, precision and perfume, with good acidity."
- Jamie Goode's Wine Blog, 94/100


"The 2010 Granite Syrah is the debut release from a new vineyard so it is not extracted from the regular Syrah cuvee. It is 100% whole bunch fruit from Paardeberg fermented in open top barrels. The nose is closed at the moment since it was bottled just the previous week, but coquettishly reveals bright red cherries and hints of crushed violets with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, fleshy red-berried fruit mixed with white pepper and a touch of Provencal herbs, finishing on an Old World note that expresses great freshness, mineralite and precision. It has immense potential so leave this brooding Syrah for 3-4 years. Drink 2014-2020."
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue #196, August 2011), 93 pts

"Granite is a big, showy Syrah revealing smoke, forest floor, roasted meat and dark fruit. It’s richly layered and flavored, finishing very long with a prominent, underbrush and earth character. A complex and delicious wine. The 13 % alcohol is very reasonable for such a big wine. Made from 17 year old, dry farmed bush vines grown in the decomposed Granite of Paardeberg mountain. Matured 15 months in 500 L French oak, 50% new."
- I-WineReview (December 2013), 93 pts


"Lush, with very enticing blueberry and loganberry fruit laced with sanguine and iron notes that drive the finish. Velvety, but with intensity, energy and length. Drink now through 2015. 125 cases made. –JM"
- Wine Spectator (February 28th 2013), 92 pts

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"Good bright dark red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, violet, pepper, brown spices and smoked meat; very Cote-Rotie-like. Silky on entry, then uncompromisingly dry and very tightly wound in the middle, hinting at violet, pepper and stone. Very long and aromatic on the back end but still youthfully rigid. This will be a beauty with a few years of cellaring."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue #168, May/June 2013), 91+ pts



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UPC# for the 750ml: 7 84585 01461 3
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Schist’ comes from a 15 year old vineyard on a steep east-facing slope (at Kloovenburg) that produces smaller berries with thicker skins, making a more masculine style of wine. Both wines were made with 100% stems, and 50% new wood. Two 500 litre barrels of each wine were made, which equates to 100 cases of each


"Dense, brooding and rich with some meatiness to the black fruits nose. The palate is rich, bold and intense with lovely black fruits and a fine spicy finish. Nice density and structure here. Meaty, spicy, dense."
- Jamie Goode's Wine Blog, 93/100

"Schist is more narrowly focused and structured than the Granite savory, pungent earth and violet aromas. It shows rich, bright fruit, smoked meat, and minerals on the palate, finishing super-long with thick dark fruit extract. Alc 13.5%. Made from a single parcel of 15 year old vines grown on the shale and schist soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain. Sees about 15 months in 500 L French oak, half new."
- I-WineReview (December 2013), 94 pts

"Matured identically to the Granite Syrah, the 2010 Schist Syrah is sourced from Riebeek Kasteel from the Kloovenberg estate. It has a wonderful, exuberant bouquet with ripe black cherries, blueberry and crushed white flowers with great definition and flamboyance. The palate is full-bodied with succulent dark berries, black olive, cassis, minerals and a touch of white pepper. Plush and vivacious on the finish, this should repay several years cellaring but will drink earlier than the Granite Syrah. Only 1,000 bottles have been released. Drink 2014-2020."
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue #196, August 2011), 93 pts

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"Good dark red. Aromas of raspberry, smoky brown spices and green pepper lifted by a subtle floral topnote. Rich and serious if a bit youthfully clenched, with a restrained sweetness countered by penetrating peppery lift. Shows more thrust and power than the Granite example, as well as more obvious tannins that call for several years of aging. I look forward to following these fascinating wines."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue #168, May/June 2013), 92+ pts

"Sleek and mouthwatering, with lovely white pepper notes stitched through the damson plum, red currant and violet notes, all backed by a long, iron-filled finish. Pure and very focused. Drink now through 2015. 125 cases made. –JM"
- Wine Spectator (February 28th 2013), 92 pts


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2013 Platter Wine Guide (October 31st 2012), ***** (5 Stars)


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2013 Kloof Street, Chenin Blanc, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01292 3
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100% Chenin Blanc

Our Kloof Street range is all about fresness, balance and great drinkability.

Grapes come from three vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 30 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
production : 1250 cases
Yield : between 24 and 33 HL/Ha
Ageing : 11 months in French Oak Barrels (No new oak)

2012 Kloof Street, Chenin Blanc, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01292 3
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100% Chenin Blanc

Our Kloof Street range is all about fresness, balance and great drinkability.

Grapes come from three vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 30 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
production : 1250 cases
Yield : between 24 and 33 HL/Ha
Ageing : 11 months in French Oak Barrels (No new oak)

"Bright straw-yellow. Bright aromas and flavors of pineapple and crushed stone. Offers an attractive textureal combination of glyceral and bright, showing a distinct umami texture to the restrained, very dry flavors of pineapple, dried flowers, minerals and herbs. Finishes with an intriguing leesy nuance."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue #168, May/June 2013), 89 pts

"The Kloof Street Chenin Blanc is a pretty, easy drinking wine showing melon and honeysuckle notes. It’s full and creamy smooth on an subtly flavored palate, finishing with a light viscous note."
- International Wine Review (April 2013), 89 pts

"Chris Mullineux, another Swart-land pioneer, uses Kloof Street as his more affordable label, and there's astonishing quality here. A blend from three parcels of old vines, on a mix of granite on Paardeberg mountain, plus schist and shale, this shows a serious complexity and density. Plush and lemony, with a pine-sap and talc presence, and warmer flavors on the palate: dried apricot, greengage plum, dried mint. This isn't to discount his 2012 Swartland White ($28, 13.5%), a mix of Chenin with Clairette and Viognier, with its amazing jasmine perfume, and cellar-worthy Anjou pear, celery and yellow plum flavors."
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San Francisco Chronicle (December 27th 2013)


2011 Kloof Street, Chenin Blanc, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01292 3
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100% Chenin Blanc

Our Kloof Street range is all about fresness, balance and great drinkability.

Grapes for our 2011 white blend come from three vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 29 year-old Chenin blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.
production : 850 cases
Yield : between 24 and 33 HL/Ha
Ageing : 11 months in French Oak Barrels (No new oak)

"The 2011 Kloof Street Chenin Blanc is sourced from younger vines up to 30 years in age, 80% tank fermented and 20% in old wood. The bouquet is fresh and lively with bundles of fresh fruit such as pineapple, guava and a squeeze of lemon. The palate has quite a creamy texture that makes it feel as if it has been aged in new oak: very smooth and harmonious with lime, pineapple and a dash of spice on the finish. This represents a good value Swartland Chenin for immediate drinking. Drink now."
- eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin, August 2011), 88pts

National Retail Price: $19.99/bottle

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2012 Kloof Street, Rouge, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01293 0
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83% Syrah, 13% Cinsault, 4% Carignan.

Our Kloof Street range is all about freshness, balance and great drinkability.

Grapes were sourced from six vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of Mourvedre grown on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury; one parcel of Syrah and one parcel of Cinsault planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; and one parcel of dry land, bushvine Syrah, one Carignan, and one Grenache all grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. Vines are aged between 12 and 40 years. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.

production : 1100 cases
Yield : between 24 and 33 HL/Ha
Ageing : 11 months in French Oak 225 liter-Barrels and 500 liter-demi-muids (No new oak)


"The 2012 Kloof Street Rouge is a blend of 83% Syrah, 13% Cinsault and 4% Carignan with 10% whole bunch. Minimal sulphur is used before the wine is raised in used French barriques for 11 months. It has a light, well-defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry leaf and a touch of cold black tea that is nicely defined, though it would benefit from more vigor. The palate is well-balanced with creamy red berry fruit on the entry. The acidity is nicely judged and it gently builds to a fresh strawberry, orange zest and white pepper finish that linger nicely, but not too long, in the mouth. This is a very fine Kloof Street – probably better than previous vintages. Drink now-2015.- NM"
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue 209, October 2013),
90 pts


2011 Kloof Street, Rouge, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01293 0
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72% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, 11% Cinsault and 4% Carignan.

Our Kloof Street range is all about freshness, balance and great drinkability.

Grapes were sourced from six vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of Mourvedre grown on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury; one parcel of Syrah and one parcel of Cinsault planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; and one parcel of dry land, bushvine Syrah, one Carignan, and one Grenache all grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. Vines are aged between 12 and 40 years. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.

production : 1100 cases
Yield : between 24 and 33 HL/Ha
Ageing : 11 months in French Oak 225 liter-Barrels and 500 liter-demi-muids (No new oak)

"Medium dark ruby. Bright red raspberry, anise, and a hint of mint show on an expressive, fruity nose. The Kloof Street Rouge is bright and fresh, showing red fruit, white pepper, good acidity, and loads of flavor that persists on the finish. It’s the kind of well-balanced, easy drinking wine that goes superbly with simpler, weekday meals. Highly recommended. Made with handpicked grapes; matured 11 months in used oak barrels of diverse sizes. A blend of 72% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, 11% Cinsault, and 4% Carignan."
- I-WineReview (December 2013), 90 pts

"Bright, full red. Red berries and pepper on the nose. Round, spicy and easy to drink, offering seamless flavors of red berries and pepper and an impression of ripe acidity. Like a ripe Cotes du Rhone bottling, this could use a bit more lift but offers early appeal."
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue #168, May/June 2013), 88 pts

"This is what good value red should be: a harmonious blend of dark fruit, freshness and fine tannins. No overoaking, only finesse, harmony and freshness"
- Jancis Robinson (South Africa's Next Generation, May 7th 2013), 16.5/20


2009 Kloof Street, Rouge, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01293 0
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73% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 8% Cinsault, 4% Carignan and 2% Grenache,

Our Kloof Street range is all about fresness, balance and great drinkability.

Grapes for our 2009 Kloof Street red were sourced from six vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of Mourvedre grown on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury; one parcel of Syrah and one parcel of Cinsault planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain; and one parcel of dry land, bushvine Syrah, one Carignan, and one Grenache all grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg mountain. Vines are aged between 12 and 40 years. We lease each parcel on a long term basis, and have close and direct involvement in their viticultural management.

production : 330 cases
Yield : between 24 and 33 HL/Ha
Ageing : 11 months in French Oak 225 liter-Barrels and 500 liter-demi-muids (No new oak)

"A blend of 73% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 8% Cinsault, 4% Carignan and 2% Grenache, the 2009 Kloof Street Rouge is sourced from 10-15 year old vines. The nose is very pure and ebullient with blackberry and cassis fruit that is succinct and defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, ripe blackberry, boysenberry and a citrus edge lending the finish sharpness and definition. This is very well crafted and offers great value. Drink now-2015. "
- eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin, August 2011), 89pts

National Retail Price: $19.99/bottle

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2012 Kloof Street, Mourvedre, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01474 3
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100% Mourvedre.

Our Kloof Street range is all about fresness, balance and great drinkability.

Grapes for our 2012 Kloof Street Mourvedre come from a single parcel of Mourvedre grown on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Fran Kysela tasted this tank of Mourvedre (that was supposed to be integrated in the Kloof Street Rouge Blend and found the wine very interesting on his own. He asked Chris and Andrea Mullineux to bottle it as a single varietal Mourvedre. It is only 100 cases, they should arrive in the USA in mid-April 2013.

Production : 100 cases
Yield : between  24 and 33 HL/Ha
Ageing : 11 months in French Oak 225 liter-Barrels and 500 liter-demi-muids (No new oak)

"A very attractive single varietal Mourvčdre, especially for the price. It reveals earth, minerals and prominent blue and black fruit with saline like notes, ending on a long, chalky finish. Much, much better than the simple, fruit-driven one usually gets at this price point. Highly recommended. Sourced from a parcel of Mourvčdre grown on the iron-rich soils near Malmesbury. Exclusively bottled for Kysela."
- I-WineReview (December 2013), 90+ pts


National Retail Price: $24.99/bottle
  2013 Kloof Street, Tinta Barocca, Swartland 12/750ml
UPC code: 7 84585 01657 0
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100% Tinta Barocca.

Tinta Barocca is the name given by South African growers to the Tintas das Baroccas vine. This grape has been grown in the country since the 1940s, and while it is most often used in order to make Cape Port (South Africa’s version of Port), in fact it can be used as a single-varietal wine, allowing growers both options when they are ready to harvest. The Tinta Barocca can have a very dark color, but has plenty of tannins, giving it a good body with a velvety texture. This grape is considered to be suitable for growing in some of the colder areas of the South African Wine Regions, and is often used there to blend with other red wines to create drinks similar to Port.

Tinta Barocca was first grown in South Africa with the intention of making Port, a popular drink that is still made in many locations across the world. However, EU rulings in the past decade have prevented wine makers outside of Portugal from producing ‘Port’, and South Africa has agreed to abide by that decision, instead choosing to make ‘Cape Port‘, or ‘Cape blends’, which produce a finished wine basically identical to port, but without the name.

Due to those regulations, some wine makers in South Africa decided to instead concentrate upon making a single varietal from their Tinta Barocca grapes, and it is the only country in the world to produce this grape as a single varietal wine. It is often grown in Swartland, with the wines selected often being from decomposed granite. Swartland is ideal for the Tinta Barocca, because they have very cool winters, often with plenty of rainfall, and then warm, hot summers which also have winds blown in from the Atlantic, helping to cool off the vines and prevent them from becoming overheated. The grapes are often harvested in small amounts, allowing the wine makers to produce a limited number of this produce.


National Retail Price: $22.95/bottle