2011 Mullineux Syrah, Swartland

2011 Mullineux Syrah, Swartland

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2011 Mullineux Syrah, Swartland

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A vibrant red fruit flavoured Syrah that has more in common with the Northern Rhône than many new world examples, quite possibly because two of the six vineyard parcels blended in this wine are grown on decomposed granite soils that would be familiar to a Rhône vigneron. New oak influence is sparingly applied, at only 15 %, and the careful timing of harvesting means the wine has moderate alcohol (13.5%) and a lively freshness.
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Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Mullineux & 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, as well as owning vineyards at their Roundstone Farm in Riebeeksrivier.

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 has a range of spectacular single-terroir Syrah and Chenin Blanc wines, each of which illustrates the amazing potential of the differing Swartland soils. Volumes of the single-vineyard wines are tiny, so availability is extremely limited.

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Swartland

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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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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Reviews

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The Wine Advocate92/100
Moore

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate92/100
The 2011 Syrah includes 20% whole bunch fruit and sees two to four weeks skin contact, before maturation in foudres for 11 months, 15% 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.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate #209 - Oct 2013 Read more
Moore
The grapes are grown and the wine is made by husband and wife team Chris and Andrea Mullineux in the wilds of Swartland. Astonishing for the price – I say that having tried it among other, more expensive but also very good syrah. Fragrant and dark, like black tulips and peonies and granite all at once. Perfectly poised.
Victoria Moore - 
The best wines for Christmas 2013 - Daily Telegraph - 30-Nov-2014
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