Breaking News! Andrea Mullineux is Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 2016 Winemaker of the Year and the 2014 vintage was just named a Top 100 Wine of 2016!
Mullineux Family Wines was established in 2007 and within a very short time period the winery established itself as one of South Africa's most celebrated wine brands, both locally and on the international front. By 2014 they had received twelve 5 star ratings from Platter's South African Wine Guide, as well as being awarded Red Wine of the Year in 2013 with their 2010 Syrah and Winery of the Year in 2014. Their aim is to bottle wines that are a true expression of the Swartland region of South Africa. A natural, minimalist approach is followed both in the vineyards and cellar. For this Syrah, grapes were sourced from seven vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: four parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Kasteelberg Mountain; two parcels of dry land, bush vines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg Mountain; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Vines are aged between 18 and 25 years. Each parcel is hand-picked grapes and then about 50% are destemmed to tank while the remainder is added as whole bunches. After fermentation the wine was aged 11 months in French oak barrels and bottled unfiltered and unfined. The Wine Advocate scored this 94 points saying "Mullineux's 2013 Syrah includes about 80% whole bunch fruit as it was a cool year from seven different vineyards (five schist, one granite and one on ferrous soils). It has a blackberry and cranberry leaf-scented bouquet, and a pleasant herbal note with rose petals coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with a cool exterior and it is full of tension, and quite linear with blackberry, a touch of mint and cedar with a structured, almost Cornas-like finish. I think the whole-bunch works really well here, although it will benefit from 3-5 years in bottle. Readers should note that in 2013 this bottling includes the Granite Syrah that the Mullineux's felt would benefit the overall blend."
Intense and focused aromas of blackberry, black cherry and red currant are supported by some lovely floral and minty notes. Serious minerality on the palate with a tremendous balance of fruit, acid, firm tannins and some smoky oak. Over delivers for the price point