Mullineux Old Vines White 2014

By , 4 April 2016

Mullineux Old Vines White 2014, Mullineux Old Vines White 2014

Demands attention.

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 seem to be very well judged indeed.

It’s a blend of 73% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier  and, for the first time, 7% Semillon Gris. On the nose, lime and white peach, flowers, dried herb, a hint of spice and a little leesy complexity.  The palate is super-impressive. On entry, the wine seems quite tightly wound but then real peacock’s tail stuff, the flavours fanning out and echoing. The addition of the Semillon Gris seems to be a masterstroke adding a little refreshing “green-ness” to the typical stone fruit and pithiness you’d normally expect. Wine Cellar price: R199 a bottle.

#WinemagRating: 94/100.

Mullineux Old Vines White 2014, Mullineux Old Vines White 2014

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