The Shiraz, while it has a lot of black plum notes, also has nice peppery spiciness while the Mourvedre adds a graphite note to the aromatics and the Grenache adds white spice notes.
4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Minimalist winemaker (as all) for plush blend, syrah, grenache (60/27) & the mischief maker, mourvedre, mostly own dryland Paarl vines. 20 (92 pts) year in oak, has vanilla, baking spices & white pepper adding to dark & fresher red berries.
90 points James Suckling
Made from Paarl and Swartland grapes, the Mischief Maker is a Shiraz dominated blend assembled each year with different proportions of Grenache and Mourvèdre.
It is hand-crafted in the same manner as the Cabernet and as with the Cabernet, I am trying to make wine as naturally as possible to showcase the fruit from the vineyard.
The Mischief Maker sports black savoury fruit, molasses, with a backbone of herbs. A ripe, unctuous generous palate, with high fruit intensity and great length.
We all have a mischievous friend that this wine is named after!