Mullineux Straw Wine 2015

Too often straw wine is more liqueur than wine for me but the 2015 from Swartland producer Mullineux has a delicacy and intricacy about it that I admire. Grapes were dried for three weeks, juice undergoing spontaneous fermentation in older barrels, maturation lasting 12 months. On the nose, potpourri before fresh and cut apple and […]

June 14, 2016
by Christian
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Top six wines of April 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: B Vintners Liberté Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mullineux White 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Porseleinberg 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Rall […]

May 1, 2016
by Christian
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Mullineux Old Vines White 2014

In an effort to beat the heat, Swartland winemakers tend to pick early and the wines can appear just a tiny bit underdone, which is how I felt about the Mullineux White 2013. The 2014 is now out, a wine that winemaker Andrea Mullineux refers to as her “favourite… we’ve ever made” and it does […]

April 4, 2016
by Christian
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2015

Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments

Mullineux Syrah 2013

The new-wave Syrahs from the Swartland seem particularly changeable in the bottle and perhaps I will come to love the 2013 vintage from Mullineux but I’m a bit underwhelmed by it at the moment. The nose is pretty enough with notes of purple flowers and white pepper but the palate does not provide quite the […]

May 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: The Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou 2015 reviewed

The Swartland Independent Producers were strutting their stuff in Riebeek-Kasteel last Saturday – and a great show it was. They drifted into Afrikaans and called it the “Wyn, kos en kultuur skou”. As to the elements in the name, apart from the almost universally excellent wine, the food seemed to be a monopoly of extremely […]

April 27, 2015
by Tim James
with 5 Comments

Is SA Shiraz world class?

Back in October last year, I had an exchange on Twitter with UK wine writer Tim Atkin MW suggesting that for all the advances made by South African wine in recent times, we were still a way off the very best in the world.  “I’d happily put a top wine from @MullineuxWines up against the […]

March 29, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 14 Comments

Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment
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