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.
100% Chenin blnac, from 40+ year old dry land bush vines from the decomposed schist and granite of the Paardeberg. The old, bushtrained wines provide complex fruit with concentrated sugars, ideal for this pudding-wine style.
In the glass, this wine is bright yellow gold in colour with a rich, viscous appearance. On the nose, it is a complex, enticing blend of peaches, lemons and grapefruit with a hint of ginger. Sweet, but never syrupy, the intense mouth feel is balanced by a clean, fresh and very long finish. For fans of sweet Coteaux de Layon or Vouvray this is a must.
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