Schist, Syrah, Swartland, 2016


The Schist Syrah is full bodied packed with suave dark fruit, silky blackberries, blueberries and redcurrants. On the palate the darker soils seem to impart an almost Christmassy spice to the mid-palate and creamy blackcurrant flavours. This is cloaked in stylish beautiful fruit cut through with supple tannins and a salty, savoury finish. Aged for 12 months in French oak 500L barrels, 25% new followed by 9 months in second fill foudre from a vineyard on the Roundstone farm.

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: Syrah/Shiraz

The great red grape of the northern Rhône where it reaches its optimum levels in the violet-scented muscular wines of Hermitage and the graceful sappy Côte Rôties, which in the latter case is sometimes blended with Viognier. The wines of Cornas are renowned as producing Syrah-based wines very close in quality to Hermitage, while St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage also represent some good value examples. It is also a component of many southern Rhône reds, namely Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As Shiraz, it is Australia's most important red variety, found in various guises from ripe fruit-forward commercial wines to intense concentrated old vine cuvees such as Grange and those of Clarendon Hills. In the best instances Syrah/Shiraz produces deep, spicy, age-worthy wines.