Mullineux Family Wines was established in 2007, and was owned and managed by Chris and Andrea Mullineux, with business partners, Keith Prothero and Peter Dart. Within a very short time period the winery established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, both locally and on the international front. By 2016 they had received seventeen 5 star ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide, as well as being awarded Red Wine of the Year in 2013 and 2016, and Winery of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
Just 1300 bottles of this wine are made with grapes from the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel mountain. These are the parcels of Chenin that give the best expression of the Kasteelberg's terroir - density and structure but with a decent balance of acidity. Our allocation is tiny so grab some now and hide them away for 3-5 years.
Just 1300 bottles of this wine are made with grapes from one parcel of 33 year old Chenin blanc planted in a quartz kloof of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain. This parcel of Chenin gives the best expression of the quartz terroir on the Kasteelberg - fresh minerality. Our allocation is tiny so grab some now and hide them away for 3-5 years.
Yet another string to the bow of Chris and Andrea Mullineux, we offer a remarkable blend of 3 grapes. 65% Chenin Blanc gives the supporting backbone of acidity to this wine while contributing apple and tropical notes. Clairette and Viognier make up the rest of this blend and give further rich tropical flavours and citrus layers. Decanter, 95 points - Textural, fresh, bright fruit. Bone dry with pure apple concentration.
Chenin Blanc based white blends from the Swartland are fast becoming an outstanding category, due in no small part to the excellence of winemakers such as the Mullineux family and their consistently outperforming wines. The Chenin Blanc content has been increased slightly again this year to 80% with Clairette offering 13% to the blend and the balance from Viognier, which gives it a gorgeous floral lift.
The Mullineux family have been making wine with this fruit since 2004 - it used to go into one of the reds at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards - and you can see why they rate it so highly. Floral, structured and pepper spicy, with a thrilling core of minerality, this Syrah is effortlessly complex and set for a long life in bottle. Beautifully focused.