Mullineux Syrah 2017

By , 9 January 2020

Bootylicious.

“Smashable” as a wine descriptor is infra dig in some circles but that’s precisely what the 2017 vintage of the Syrah from Mullineux is. Combining grapes from seven vineyards planted variously on shale, schist and granite across the Swartland, vinification involved 90% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 14 months in a combination of 225- and 500-litre barrels as well as 2000L-litre foudre, 15% new.

The nose shows red fruit, cinnamon and white pepper plus a hint of fynbos while the palate is juicy and sweet-fruited with plenty of volume and surprisingly soft tannins. Alcohol is 14.5% on the label but you wouldn’t guess so and it goes down very easily. Approximate retail price: R335 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 90/100.

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