2019 Mullineux, Schist Syrah, Swartland, South Africa

2019 Mullineux, Schist Syrah, Swartland, South Africa

Product: 20191300840
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2019 Mullineux, Schist Syrah, Swartland, South Africa

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Chris and Andrea Mullineux are complete masters at what they do. The nose of their 2019 Schist Syrah is outstanding. Lifted, delicate and reminiscent of the Northern Rhône, this is full of red fruit more than black, with tart redcurrants and cranberries coming through. The perfume has a beautiful florality, which feels scented with parma violets and an exotic, almost turmeric, quality. Lovely. 

There is gorgeous finesse and mineral on the palate. The wine still feels tight yet is so pure – still full of red fruit but with a savoury element of cured jamón in support. That lovely floral dimension continues on the palate, moving to acacia wood, with a fine, stony minerality adding precision. All are nonetheless enveloped by luscious red fruit. This is an exquisite and focused wine, like bright, pure crunchy red berries, yet with a sweetness in the wings just lining up to take over.

Drink 2024 - 2040

Catriona Felstead MW, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate94+/100

The 2019 Schist Syrah is floral and juicy with fantastic depth and finesse. Aromas of red plum and dusty raspberry sway with polish and purity before revealing seductive floral tones of rose and lavender in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is instantly impressive on the palate with supple tannins; it is both broad-shouldered and balanced and glides to a seductively long finish. Only 2,700 bottles were filled after the wine rested for a year in 50% new French oak.

Drink 2022 - 2039

Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate (December 2022)

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Seductively perfumed nose, with black forest gateau, black olive, cocoa, violets and rosebud aromas. Chalky, dry palate with fine-grained tannins.

Drink 2022 - 2030

Greg Sherwood MW, Daniel Grigg, Roger Jones, Decanter.com (April 2022)

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Tim Atkin MW95/100

Roundstone's schist soils produce grapes with more colour and smaller berries, but the greater concentration doesn’t show in the wines. Floral, svelte and peppery, this is the Mullineux' Côte Rôtie for me, with fine-boned tannins, rose petal and peony aromas, lots of whole bunch clove spice and texture and a meaty undertone.

Drink 2022 - 2029

Tim Atkin MW

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About this WINE

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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After Stellenbosch, 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 and vines to the region in the 17th century. Viticulture was 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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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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