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Mullineux Iron Syrah 2019


About this wine

Discover the Mullineux Iron Syrah 2019, an embodiment of the rugged beauty and enduring spirit of South Africa’s terroir. This vintage springs from a landscape where vineyards are steeped in the iron-rich soils that give this Syrah its name and its distinctive character. The 2019 harvest was one marked by balance—a year that provided our vines with the perfect interplay of sunlight and cool breezes, resulting in Syrah grapes with exceptional flavor concentration and an exquisite tannin structure. Each bottle of Mullineux Iron Syrah 2019 is a testament to the synergy between the land and the hands that tend it. With a commitment to reflecting the natural elegance and powerful essence of the varietal, this wine is a celebration of Syrah in its purest form, showcasing a meticulous crafting process that elevates it to heights of renown.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Syrah.
  • Origin: Sourced from select parcels in the Swartland region, where iron-rich soils impart a characteristic strength and minerality to the wine.
  • Soil Type: Predominantly iron, contributing to the wine’s notable structure and flavor concentration.
  • Climate: 2019 offered a balanced climate, conducive to a slow and even maturation of Syrah grapes, enhancing their natural complexity and depth.
  • Harvesting: Grapes are selectively hand-harvested at optimal maturity, focusing on fruit that showcases the intensity and minerality for which this wine is known.
  • Fermentation: Natural fermentation occurs in a combination of stainless steel and concrete tanks, allowing the varietal characteristics to shine through.
  • Aging: The wine is matured in French oak barrels, a portion being new, to add a layer of spiciness and complexity while maintaining the integrity of the fruit.
  • Alcohol Content: At approximately 14%, it strikes a balance between the wine’s robust flavor profile and its elegant structure.
  • Tasting Profile: Exhibits a deep color and a rich bouquet of dark berries, spices, and earthy minerality. The palate offers a dense array of dark fruit and licorice flavors, with a smoky undertone. Oak aging provides a hint of spice and a smooth texture, while polished tannins lead to a powerful yet elegant finish.
  • Bottling: Bottling is done with a focus on preserving the wine’s character and ensuring that the qualities of the vintage and terroir are reflected in every glass.

Tasting Notes

In the glass, the Mullineux Iron Syrah 2019 presents a rich, deep hue, signaling the intensity that awaits. The nose is immediately treated to an opulent array of aromatics—ripe blackberries and dark cherries are adorned with the nuances of exotic spices and a distinctive minerality that can only come from iron-rich soils. To taste, the Iron Syrah 2019 is a revelation of layered complexity. It is a wine of power, yet it carries itself with grace. The palate is graced with robust dark fruit flavors, interwoven with notes of licorice, earth, and a refined smokiness. The aging in French oak barrels lends a subtle spiciness and a smooth, well-rounded mouthfeel, while the tannins are assertive yet polished, leading to a finish that is persistent, leaving a lasting impression of both strength and elegance.