Mullineux Kloof Street Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021
Region: Swartland, Costal Region, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Aromas of sun-ripened pears and wet atone on the nose. The palate has a vibrant acidity balanced by supple texture and pithy character. The finish displays a refreshing, saline edge.
This wine is made from three sustainably farmed vineyard parcels from different parts of the Swartland. One parcel is sourced from 40-year-old old vine Chenin Blanc grown on the stony shale and schist-based soils of Kasteelberg, which retains heat well, ensuring even ripening and adds a mineral freshness to the wine. The other two parcels are from old, dry-farmed bush vine Chenin Blanc planted on the decomposed granite soils of the Paardeberg. The age of the vines, along with the dry conditions gives complex fruit with concentration of aroma and flavour.
The wines are named after the street where Chris and Andrea lived in Riebeek-Kasteel when they first started making their own wine. Originally renting vineyards and cellar space, they registered their Liquor Licence to their home address, or as Chris puts it – “effectively semi-legally bootlegging out of our garage”. They now make some of the most lauded wines in South Africa, with Kloof Street serving as a reminder of their modest beginnings.