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.