Mullineux Kloof Street, Swartland Rouge, 2020
Region: Swartland, Costal Region, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 69% Syrah 15% Tinta Barroca 11% Grenache 4% Cinsault 1% Carignan
The nose is spicy and perfumed with undertones of blackberry and cherry. Each variety in the blend adds balance to the wine. Tinta Barocca brings tannin, Cinsault brings perfume, Carignan brings freshness, Grenache brings fruit character, and the Syrah ties it all together.
This is a blend of seven sustainably farmed vineyard parcels across the Swartland. The vines are aged between 6 and 47 years old. Two parcels of Syrah and one of Cinsault come from the stony shale and schist-based soils of Kasteelberg, which retain heat well and aid in the ripening of bold fruit. One parcel of Syrah, one of Carignan, one of Grenache and a single parcel of gnarly, old, dry-farmed Tinta Barocca bush vines are all grown on the decomposed granite soil of the Paardeberg. This soil promotes the production of complex wines with lifted acidity and perfumed fruit.
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.