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Mullineux Syrah 2012

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More than the sum of its parts.
More than the sum of its parts.

Have Mullineux Family Wines already got to the point that a new vintage is absorbed by the market so quickly that any formal announcement of a new release is superfluous? I saw the Syrah 2012 selling for R238.90 a bottle at Liquor City Claremont and thought it would be a good way to kick off a week’s holiday.

Grapes come from six Swartland vineyard parcels (three planted on schist, two on granite and one on iron) and winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation, 50% whole bunch before maturation lasting 11 months in a combination of 225-litre and 500-litre barrels as well as 2000-litre foudre, 15% new.

The wine is wonderfully aromatic with notes of red and black fruit, spice, lavender and scrub. On the palate, it’s pure and concentrated with fresh acidity and fine tannins – all elements beautifully balanced. And despite fermentation involving whole bunch, no stalkiness – rather a gentle and beguiling savouriness. The single soil bottlings from this producer are what get the collectors all aflutter but I tend to think the blend is more complete and the 2012 is the best one yet.

Score: 93/100.

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  1. Thanks for tasting and writing about our Syrah, Christian! We are struggling to keep up with the demand for our Syrah and Straw so release them as soon as we think they are ready and usually well after we have sold out of the previous vintage. The 2012 Syrah is somewhere between the richer 2010 and leaner 2011 in style. I look forward to introducing you to the Single Terroir Syrah’s in a few months time…

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