Mullineux Single Terroir, Schist Syrah, 2018
Region: Swartland, Costal Region, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable
On the nose there are notes of black pepper, black fruit and spices. The palate is full-bodied with a meaty, savoury character, plenty silky tannins giving structure and a balancing natural acidity. The finish is fresh, long and supple.
Fruit for this Syrah comes from a single parcel of sustainably-farmed, 20-year-old vines planted in the stony shale and schist-based soils of Mullineux's farm, Roundstone, on the Kasteelberg. This parcel of Syrah gives the best expression of the Kasteelberg soil's density and structure.
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. At the top of their quality ladder are the Single Terroir wines, made from small parcels of old vines, usually dry farmed on the ancient granite, quartz, schist or iron based soils of the Swartland.