2013 Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc Swartland

2013 Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc Swartland

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2013 Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc Swartland

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Pale lemon in colour with apple and tropical fruit notes on the nose.  The palate is medium-bodied with notes of crisp green apple and riper honeydew melon, held together with refreshing acidity.  This dry wine finishes with an intriguing honeyed note.
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The 2013 Kloof Street Old Vine Chenin Blanc comes from 40-year-old vines, tank fermented with 25% matured in older barrels. Returning after 12 months since our last acquaintance, it has a brisk, fresh, dewy green apple bouquet with a light waxy note. The palate is nicely balanced with a neutral entry, crisp acidity and a light grapefruit and citrus peel finish. Fine.
Neal Martin - 31/10/2014 Read more
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Husband and wife team Chris and Andrea Mullineux run this long time favourite estate, making some terrific wines in hip and happening Swartland. Kloof Street is effectively their entry level, and this Chenin comes from 30 and 40-year-old vineyards planted on granite and slate. Aromatically there is a touch of flint, a wisp of smoke, then plenty of apple fruit. In the mouth the level of sweet and juicy fruit makes it deceptively easy and approachable, but there is a bit of steel at the core, a hint of spice and that precision into the finish. 
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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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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.

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