2013 Mullineux White, Swartland

2013 Mullineux White, Swartland

White, Ready, but will keep   White | Ready, but will keep | Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines | Code: 29688 | 2013 | South Africa > Swartland | Chenin Blanc | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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OTHER

4.5-5

WA

92/100

OTHER - One of the Cape’s top examples of this genre. 2013 is a Chenin Blanc-led blend, with Clairette and Viognier from 8 vineyards. Feisty and fresh, leavened by a waxy almond undertone and gentle baked apple aromas. Youthful and complex, will unfurl beautifully over 3-5 years.
Platter Wine Guide, wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014

WA - The 2013 Mullineux White is a blend of 7% Viognier, 80% Chenin Blanc and 13% Clairette including up to 80-year-old vines that is 100% barrel fermented with 15% to 20% new oak (foudre). It has a lovely nose of peach skin, apricot blossom, melted candle wax and just a faint fynbos/menthol scent. The palate is medium-bodied with a slight waxy, dried honey entry with hints of white pepper and lemongrass lending tension and vibrancy towards the zesty finish that displays good length. Superb.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com #215 Oct 2014

The Story

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Producer

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines is one of the stand-out producers in South Africa's budding Swartland region. Winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux’s ambition is to bottle wines that are a true expression of the Swartland, and all steps of their winemaking process are taken with this in mind. They work closely with a select group of growers who follow sustainable, reasoned farming practices.

In the cellar, apart from minimal amounts of sulphur, nothing is added to or removed from the wine. They do not make use of any yeasts, acids, tannins, enzymes, or fining and filtering agents. ‘Leeu’ (Afrikaans for ‘lion’) was added to the name recently to recognise the contribution of a new investor to the project.

Apart from their wonderful Syrah, Chenin blanc-based white blend and a super rich Straw Wine made from air dried Chenin Blanc, fermented and matured in old barriques, Mullineux now have a range of spectacular single vineyard Shiraz and Chenin Blanc wines, each of which illustrates the amazing potential of the Swartland terroir. Volumes of the single vineyard wines are tiny, so availability is extremely limited.

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley and the most widely planted varietal grape in South Africa.

In the Loire it produces high quality dry wines in Savenniéres, and luscious sweet, dessert wines in Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume. In Vouvray and Montlouis it can be dry, medium dry, or sweet, and still or sparkling. Whether dry or sweet, the best Loire Chenin Blancs possess marvellously concentrated rich, honeyed fruit together with refreshingly vibrant acidity. It is Chenin Blanc's high acidity that enable the wines to age so well.

In South Africa Chenin Blanc is easier to grow and is prized for its versatility. It is used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat but also bottled unblended. The best producers keep their yields low and produce impressive mouthfilling wines.

Region

Swartland

After Stellenbosch, t, the west coast district of Swartland (25 miles due north of Cape Town, between the towns of Malmesbury and Piketberg) now ranks as the Cape's most exciting wine-producing district.

Settled initially by nomadic Khoikhoi from Namibia, the Dutch brought trade, vines and unrest to the region in the 17th century.

The British then transformed the area into the Cape's bread basket, viticulture being developed only more recently. This contrasts with an ancient geology which has brought a mix of shale, arenite sandstone and granite soils air-conditioned by the Atlantic Ocean nearby.

Chenin Blanc and Shiraz seem to do best, as exemplified by the wines of Eben Sadie and Mullineux.

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