Tim Atkin – Wine Maker(s) of the Year 2017
Mullineux is a small, highly focused Family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel producing a select Family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa.
The Swartland is a beautiful and wild place. The landscape is a series of rolling hills, with a few significant outcrops of rock that form the Paardeberg, Riebeek Kasteel and Piketberg Mountains. It is not an easy place to establish vines, and is a region that has as much of an influence on the vineyards and people who farm there as the people have on the land itself. This brings to mind what film director David von Ancken has to say about the old American West: “The primal, universal power of the landscape strips away everything but the truth of men’s souls.”
In much the same way, they feel the Swartland landscape bares the souls of grape vines, and in those varieties that can take the ruggedness, true personality of site is revealed.
Blend: 74% Chenin Blanc; 12% Clairette Blanche; 6% Viognier; 4% Grenache Blanc; 4% Semillon
Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit & Christmas spices. The palate is fairly full & richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds & peaches. The finish is fresh & clove-like. The ine was matured for 11 months in 3rd & 4th fill French oak barrels & one new 2000L Foudre.