We all love a success story, and in the wine industry, there are few that can surpass the achievements of Chris and Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux Family Wines near Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland. This wine power couple has scooped numerous accolades over the past few years, including Platter’s Winery of the Year in 2014, 2016 and 2019. I had the privilege of sampling their superb Mullineux Syrah 2015.
After working several vintages at wineries in France, South Africa and California, Chris and Andrea established Mullineux Family Wines on Roundstone Farm in 2007. Their winery quickly established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands. By 2019 they had received 25 five-star ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide. In addition, Andrea – who hails from San Francisco – was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 International Winemaker of the Year. In 2017, Chris and Andrea were British Master of Wine Tim Atkin’s South African Winemakers of the Year.
Mullineux Family Wines has four syrahs in its line-up, three of which are site-specific. The Mullineux Syrah 2015 is the product of seven vineyard parcels planted in a combination of shale and schist-based soils, dryland decomposed granite soil, and iron-rich soil, all from the Swartland area.
I recently enjoyed a bottle of this wine over dinner, and it certainly contributed to a memorable evening. The wine has a perfumed, spicy and slightly menthol bouquet that is nicely defined and offers ample red and black berry fruit. The red fruit flavours repeat on the palate, and true to Swartland syrah style, white pepper adds to the flavour spectrum.
The beauty of this wine is unquestionably its elegance, yet the fine tannins add to the structure. It has a silky texture, and the fresh natural acidity fills the mid-palate and completes a well-rounded taste sensation. This is a perfect example of a great wine that offers finesse and balance, while remaining true to its roots.
WHAT’S ON OFFER
The Mullineux Syrah 2015 is no longer available for purchase, but Chris and Andrea have made 10 cases (60 bottles) of this special wine available from their library to Sanlam Private Wealth clients, at a cost of R330 per bottle. Orders per case only (one per client). Delivery charges apply.
This offer is open exclusively to Sanlam Private Wealth clients, and will expire after 30 days. Subject to availability.
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