Chris and Andrea Mullineux are pretty much on fire as a winemaking team at the moment as three 5-Star ratings in the current edition of Platter’s testifies, the wines in question being the White Blend 2010, Syrah 2009 and Straw Wine 2010.
Stock of these wines obviously didn’t take long to move and last night was their new vintage release tasting at French Toast wine and tapas bar in Bree Street, Cape Town. Tasting notes and scores as follows:
Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2011 (R78)
Slightly earthy, dank note on the nose. The palate shows peach and peach kernel flavour and tangy acidity. Pleasantly rustic. Score: 15.5/20.
Mullineux Kloof Street Red 2009 (R90)
73% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 8% Cinsaut, 4% Carignan, 2% Grenache. Aromas of red fruit, spice and fynbos. Medium bodied with very fresh acidity and crunchy tannins. Clean, pure and refreshing to drink. The best red in South Africa for under R100. Score: 16.5/20.
Mullineux White 2011 (R180)
65% Chenin Blanc, 26% Clairette Blanc and 9% Viognier. Apricot and peach, spice and subtle oxidative note on the nose. The palate shows good fruit concentration and fresh acidity before a savoury, almost saline finish. Slight peach kernel quality in evidence. Quite hard work. Score: 16/20.
Mullineux Syrah 2010 (R225)
Shy nose, slightly reductive. Pristine black fruit – clean, pure and concentrated, fresh acidity, firm but fine tannins. Note of cracked pepper. Well balanced and very persistent on the finish. Perhaps more powerful than 2009. Score: 18/20.
Mullineux Granite Syrah 2010 (R675)
From 17 year old vineyard on the Paardeberg. Very aromatic – red fruit, spice and floral fragrance. The palate is open and soft with moderate acidity. Seductive. Score: 16.5/20.
Mullineux Schist Syrah 2010 (R675)
From 15 year old vine on the Kasteelberg. Dark fruit, dried herbs and attractive oak on the nose. The palate shows great concentration, a good line of acidity and firm tannins. The finish is long and dry. Attractively austere. Score: 17/20.
Mullineux Straw Wine 2011 (R225/375ml)
V/A and some nuttiness on the nose. The palate is rich and concentrated but not unctuous. Dried apricot flavour, firm acidity. Either you get straw wine or you don’t… Score: 16/20.
Once again it’s the freshness and, unusually for the Swartland, elegance of the reds that really impresses. Andrea Mullineux tells me that it’s “perceived freshness” thanks to whole bunch pressing rather than particularly high acidities. Smart work, then.