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New Releases from Chris & Andrea Mullineux
04 November 2019

Chris and Andrea Mullineux are two of South Africa’s leading lights. Well-travelled, young and affable, they’ve become one of a handful of “revolutionary” producers in the Swartland. Dedication and continued improvements over the past decade has seen their star rise and the wines become some of the most highly sought after in South Africa. Specialising in Chenin Blanc and Syrah, fermentations are carried out using only natural yeasts and only minimal sulphur additions. The Chenins are barrel fermented and kept on their fine lees, while the Syrahs spend up to four weeks on the skins and see only one punch down per day to ensure they extract only the finest of tannins. Both reds and whites are aged in up to 25% new French oak.

2017 was the second vintage of the Great Drought that gripped the Western Cape from 2016-2018. In their words, “while the challenging 2016 vintage resulted in extremely low yields and wines with lots of concentration in the Swartland, we and our vineyards were well prepared in 2017. The hard work we have been doing with cover crops and mulch to improve soil health really paid off. We reduced crops early and, while yields were still significantly (up to 30%) lower than normal, the vines were buffered against the dry conditions. The resultant wines have lovely concentration but wonderful freshness too.” 2018, by contrast, is more akin to 2016, resulting in profound, textural Chenins. Picking early was crucial in order to retain lively, fresh acidities to balance the concentration. This they have certainly achieved.    Read More

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