Mullineux Schist Chenin Blanc 2013

Mullineux Schist Chenin Blanc 2013“The Single Terroir wines are intellectual wines. They’re rare and hard to do but not necessarily technically better than our standard release wines,” says Chris Mullineux of Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines. Yesterday a tasting of the new releases:

Mullineux Old Vines White 2013
Approxitmate retail price: R185
80% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier. From between nine and 11 vineyard parcels each year. White and yellow peach and some floral perfume. Great fruit concentration plus coated acidity – luscious but not short of verve.

Score: 93/100.

Mullineux Quartz Chenin Blanc 2013
Approxitmate retail price: R420
From a single vineyard parcel approximately 25 years old. Yeasty, spicy notes on the nose. Quite rich and broad – has a definite oxidative quality about it.

Score: 91/100.

Mullineux Schist Chenin Blanc 2013
Approxitmate retail price: R420
From two vineyard parcels, one some 30 years old and the other 65 years old. Pear and white peach. Lovely fruit purity before a long, saline finish. A wine of real distinction but suggesting once again that true complexity in the Swartland requires blending.

Score: 94/100.

Mullineux Syrah 2013
Approxitmate retail price: R240
Red and black fruit, dried herbs and a hint of reduction on the nose. Excellent balance – concentrated fruit, bright acidity, fine tannins.

Score: 93/100.

Mullineux Granite Syrah 2013
Approxitmate retail price: R685
Red fruit, white pepper, spice and slight stalky note on the nose. A pretty wine – light bodied with fresh acidity and pleasantly prickly tannins.

Score: 92/100.

Mullineux Schist Syrah 2013
Approxitmate retail price: R685
Black fruit and lilies on the nose. Concentrated fruit, bright acidity and lovely ripe tannins. Reminiscent of the Northern Rhône in broad terms.

Score: 93/100.

Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013
Approxitmate retail price: R685
Dark fruit, turned earth and fynbos. Rich and full with mouth-coating tannins. Typical Swartland and a bit ponderous relative to its counterparts.

Score: 90/100.

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