Grapes for this wine from Andrea and Chris Mullineux come from seven different vineyards planted variously on schist, granite and iron soils across the Swartland. Fermentation was 50% whole-bunch and maturation lasted 14 months in a combination of 225-litre and 500-litre barrels plus 2000-litre foudre, 15% new. Total production is 31 560 bottles and 580 magnums
The nose shows red and black fruit, fynbos and a little reduction. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins, the wine leaving you with a sort of olive brine impression. It’s very well put together, perhaps not as thrilling as the Single Terroir wines (see here) from the same outfit but at R300 a bottle, that much more affordable.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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