Chris and Andrea Mullineux of Swartland cellar Mullineux Family Wines recently launched a wine club, providing members with access to a mixed six-bottle case including wines not commercially available as well as library stock twice a year delivered free to main centres in South Africa. In addition, members get 15% off all current release wines. Membership is free, the only condition being that members commit to the purchase of the two mixed cases.
Winemaker Andrea Mullineux refers to the wines made exclusively for the club as a “creative outlet”, allowing her and Chris to focus push boundaries and explore fringe varieties. “You can be as safe as the bird in a cage but it’s the bird in the tree that’s singing,” she says.
Yesterday a tasting of some of the club wines made to date:
Mullineux Natural Chenin 2011
No SO₂ or any other additions. 11 months in one fifth-fill French oak barrel. Intentionally bottled with some lees. Amazingly fresh, this wine shows grapefruit, peach, ginger and spice. Tangy acidity and a long, saline finish.
Mullineux Clairette Blanche 2012
11 months in one fifth-fill French oak barrel. Lean with crisp acidity and a saline finish. Lots of spontaneous ferment funkiness.
Mullineux Chenin Blanc 2010
11 months in one fifth-fill French oak barrel. Overtly oxidative. Big and rich with moderate acidity. A noticeable spritz (due to sparging with C0₂ at bottling). Honey and a vague citrus note upfront before a savoury finish. A bit listless.
Mullineux Cinsault 2010
11 months in one fourth-fill French oak barrel. Red and black cherry, some fynbos on the nose. Good fruit concentration, gentle acidity and fine tannins. Very flavourful overall.
Mullineux Mourvèdre 2011
11 months in one fifth-fill French oak barrel. Dark fruit and some wild scrub notes on the nose. The palate shows pure fruit and spice as well as bright acidity. As classy as single-varietal Mourvèdre gets locally.
Club packs are sent out in April and October and the next one contains two bottles each of the Natural Chenin 2011, Cinsault 2010 and Straw Wine 2008. The value of the case is R1 170 but will sell for R994.50 to club members. To sign up, click here.