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Mullineux Syrah 2019


About this wine

Mullineux Syrah 2019 captures the spirit of South Africa’s celebrated Swartland region, a wine that tells the story of its origins through every sip. Renowned for its terroir-driven approach, Mullineux’s 2019 Syrah is a symphony of the region’s diverse soils and microclimates, offering a wine that is as intricate as it is compelling. The year 2019 was marked by a harmonious blend of sunny days and cool nights, providing the perfect backdrop for growing Syrah grapes that express the full potential of their environment.

This wine is the result of a deep respect for the land and a commitment to sustainable viticulture, ensuring each bottle encapsulates the unique qualities of the vintage and the varietal. The Mullineux Syrah 2019 is a testament to the family’s philosophy of minimal intervention, allowing the wine to showcase its natural elegance and complexity.

Tasting Notes

One of the best vintages of Mullineux Syrah to date. Since the great drought in the Western Cape which started in 2014, the vines had beautifully adapted, resulting in wines with superb complexity and an incredibly balanced intensity. This Swartland Syrah has a classic perfume of wild-growing white Watsonia Lilies, fresh mulberries and black olive pips. The structured palate follows through with intricate layers of kumquats, dark plums, sour cherry and star anise and finishes with powerful and velvety tannins. Best served at 16 to 18 °C and whilst the wine will benefit greatly from ageing, it could also be enjoyed young if preferred, with decanting then recommended.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc.
  • Production Method: The grapes are carefully handpicked and then placed on straw mats to dry in the open air—a traditional method known as “straw wine” production. This natural desiccation concentrates the sugars and acids in the grapes.
  • Vineyard Location: Sourced from select vineyards in the Swartland region, characterized by their dryland farming which produces intensely flavored fruit.
  • Harvesting: The grapes are harvested at normal ripeness levels to ensure a balance between sugar and acidity before being left to dry.
  • Fermentation: The dried grapes are pressed and the concentrated juice is fermented in old French oak barrels, stainless steel tanks, and ceramic vessels to add complexity.
  • Aging: After fermentation, the wine is aged in the same vessels on the lees for added texture and complexity.
  • Alcohol Content: Despite its sweetness, the alcohol content remains moderate, typically around 10-12%.
  • Residual Sugar: High residual sugar content, which is balanced by the natural acidity of the Chenin Blanc to create a wine that is rich yet refreshing.
  • Tasting Profile: A rich amber-colored wine with intense aromas of dried apricots, honey, and candied citrus peel. The palate offers concentrated flavors of stone fruits, marmalade, and vanilla, with a lively acidity that cleanses the palate and provides a counterpoint to the sweetness. The finish is prolonged and sumptuous.
  • Bottling: Bottled with minimal intervention to preserve the unique characteristics developed during the drying and fermentation process.