Mullineux, Granite, Chenin Blanc, 2017


The Granite Chenin opens up with beautiful floral, rocky violet aromas, stone fruit and ripe waxy lemons. Creamy and full bodied with lovely generous fleshy fruit on the mid palate finishing with flint, yellow fruit and white honey on the finish. Clear, sumptuous and inviting. Sourced from vines planted on decomposed, friable granite on the Paardeberg mountain. Completely dry farmed giving a phenolic edge to finish that serves to add freshness, combined with 20-30 year old vines raised in neutral 500L French casks for 11 months before bottling.

Contains Sulphites.

About Mullineux

Mullineux is certainly one of the current "superstar" producers in South Africa. Chris and Andrea Mullineux have won about as many plaudits as it is possible to do so with their sensational range of terroir driven Swartland wines. Their strength lies in their wonderful mineral-inflected Syrahs, although the wider range of Chenin Blanc, Clairette, Viognier and Grenache Blanc is also instilled with the same precision and aromatic expressiveness. Winemaking is "hands-off", paying particular attention to extraction levels and long macerations to ensure that tannins are as soft and round and possible. Fermentation is natural and spontaneous and all of the wines spend time in barrel with minimal racking before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. These are some of the most sumptuous and stylish wines around. Then there's Leeu Passant - the Franschhoek project of the Mullineuxs in conjunction with Analjit Singh. Where the Mullineux wines are concerned with Swartland's unique terroirs, the Leeu wines are multi-regional bottlings inspired by the classic age-worthy Cape wines of the 1960s. The 2015s are the maiden releases and in both style and packaging pay homage to worthy wines of yore. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cinsault leased in various parts of the Cape all go in to the dry red, complimenting a complex Chardonnay from vines grown entirely in Stellenbosch.

Appellation: Swartland

Swartland is a large wine-producing area 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. Traditionally a wheat-producing region, it now specializes in making rich, fruit-driven wines particularly from the Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage grape varieties. Swartland covers a large area, Encompassing the vineyards on the northern side of the Paardeberg mountain in the south to the plains of Piketberg in the north. The smaller ward of Riebeekberg and the Kasteelberg Mountain lie in the eastern part of the region, while the cooler district of Darling separates the area from the Atlantic Ocean. The topography is varied, and vineyards can be found on steep mountain foothills or on gently folding hillsides.

Grape Type: Chenin Blanc

Now widely planted across the world (notably in South Africa), Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety native to the Loire Valley where it produces a range of wine styles; sweet, dry and sparkling with complexity, depth and often longevity. In the middle Loire, Chenin Blanc is used for Anjou, Montlouis, Saumur, Savennieres, Vouvray, and Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume wines.