Mullineux Syrah 2016
By Christian Eedes, 4 February 2019
The three Single Terroir examples of Syrah from Mullineux – Granite, Iron and Schist – are very, very good (see reviews of the 2016s here) but at just under R1000 a bottle, they are going to be out of reach for a lot of people. The standard label is not exactly everyday drinking at R325 a bottle from Wine Cellar but a dinner party with good friends should suffice as an excuse to open it.
Grapes from seven different vineyards planted on various soils across the Swartland, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation of whole bunches before maturation lasting 14 months in 225- and 500-litre barrels plus 2 000-litre foudre, 15% new.
The nose is super-fragrant with notes of red fruit, rose, lavender, fynbos, white pepper and spice. The palate is juicy and fresh with fine tannins, the finish long and gently savoury. It’s a pretty damn sexy drop. Alcohol: 13.5%.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
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