Mullineux Signature, Old Vines White Blend, 2021
Region: Swartland, Coastal Region, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 74% Chenin Blanc , 8% Clairette, 7% Viognier , 6% Grenache Blanc ,2% Semillon Gris, 2% Viura, 1% Verdelho
Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable
This fragrant wine has a characteristic floral nose with notes of orange blossom, apricots, mandarins and cardamom. The richly textured palate is balanced by a fresh, vibrant, acidity and flavours reminiscent of peach, grapefruit and hints of spice.
The wine is made from a blend of seven, sustainably farmed parcels from across the Swartland. Two are grown on the stony schist-based soils of the Kasteelberg: one parcel of 41 year old Chenin Blanc and a parcel of 11 year old Grenache Blanc. This soil lends a mineral freshness to the wine. Two parcels of 40-65 year old, dry land, bush vine Chenin Blanc, one parcel of 44 year old Clairette Blanche and a 60 year old heritage Semillon Gris vineyard are grown on the decomposed granite of the Paardeberg. The age of the vines, and the granite content in the soil, results in concentrated, complex wines with lifted acidity. The final parcel is 21 year old Viognier grown on the iron rich soils of the rolling hills west of Malmesbury.
Founded by Chris and Andrea Mullineux in 2007, this winery is now one of the most lauded in South Africa. Named ‘Winery of the Year’ four times by the Platter Guide in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020, Mullineux were also Tim Atkin MW’s ‘South African Winemakers of the Year’ in 2016. They chose the town of Riebeek-Kasteel, just west of Malmesbury in the Swartland, for its old vineyards on granite and schist soils, reasoning that, with such quality fruit, they would be able to make outstanding wines. It is an understatement to say they have been proved right.