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Mullineux Schist Syrah 2019


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About this wine

Dive into the Mullineux Schist Syrah 2019, a wine that stands as a profound expression of the Swartland’s unique terroir. Nurtured in the schist-rich soils that impart a signature minerality, this Syrah is reflective of the exceptional vintage that was 2019—a year that graced the vines with optimal conditions for yielding grapes of remarkable depth and intensity. The Mullineux Schist Syrah is not just produced; it is crafted with the reverence for nature’s gifts, highlighting the varietal’s innate ability to translate the complexity of schist soils into a wine that is robust, nuanced, and deeply satisfying. The 2019 vintage is particularly notable for its expressive profile, capturing the essence of the landscape in a bottle that’s ready to be explored by those who seek out the extraordinary in wine.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Syrah.
  • Vineyard Location: The grapes are sourced from carefully selected schist-dominated vineyard sites within the Swartland region, known for their mineral-rich soils.
  • Soil Composition: Schistose rock soils contribute to the wine’s distinctive mineral qualities and aid in the retention of water, allowing for deeper root systems and a natural concentration of flavors in the grapes.
  • Climate: The 2019 vintage benefited from a balanced climate, with sufficient warmth for ripening and cooler periods that preserved acidity and aromatic compounds.
  • Harvesting: Hand-harvesting ensures that only the highest quality grapes are selected, picked at the precise moment of ripeness for optimal balance and complexity.
  • Fermentation: Natural fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts present on the grapes, allowing for a pure expression of the vineyard in the wine.
  • Aging: The wine is aged in French oak barrels to develop additional complexity, while ensuring that the oak influence remains well integrated and does not overpower the natural fruit and mineral notes.
  • Alcohol Content: Balanced at around 14%, the alcohol level supports the wine’s full-bodied nature while maintaining drinkability.
  • Tasting Profile: Presents a rich ruby color. The nose is greeted with an array of ripe black fruits and an underlying mineral sharpness. The palate offers a concentration of flavors, including dark berries, black pepper, and earthy undertones, supported by a solid structure, refined tannins, and a pronounced mineral edge from the schist soils. The finish is long, with a lingering complexity.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal filtration to preserve the authentic character and integrity of the wine.

Tasting Notes

The Mullineux Schist Syrah 2019 greets the eye with a vibrant, deep ruby hue, signaling the richness of the experience to come. The nose is enchanted with an intricate medley of aromas: ripe black cherries and mulberries, interwoven with subtle earthy notes and the unmistakable mineral streak of schist. On the palate, this wine does not disappoint. It unfolds a complex, layered structure where dark fruit flavors meld with notes of black pepper, savory herbs, and a distinctive flintiness. The aging in French oak brings forth a gentle, toasty warmth that complements the fruit, all balanced by a fresh acidity that carries the symphony of tastes to a persistent, elegantly textured finish.