Wine and Co - Mullineux, Zamboni and Kleine Zalze...
New in stock: Mullineux Single Terroir
Since starting their wine journey together in the Swartland in 2007, Chris and Andrea Mullineux have made the headlines a few times - receiving thirty 5-star ratings from Platter’s, as well as being awarded Platter’s Winery of the Year 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020. If this doesn't prove their winemaking talent, Andrea was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 International Winemaker of the Year, and, also in 2016, Chris & Andrea were Tim Atkin’s South African Winemakers of the Year. Pretty amazing! Their vintage releases are one of the most anticipated of the year, and we are proud to have them on our shelves, in very small amounts.
Tasting notes and ratings for the Mullineux Single Terroir wines are from Christian Eedes (WineMag):
Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc 2020: Grapes from a 1976 vineyard on the Paardeberg. Pear, peach, citrus and fynbos plus a hint of reduction on the nose. The palate is lean in structure but deep in flavour – well delineated fruit to go with a great line of acidity and a saline finish. Precise and harmonious. CE’s rating: 96/100.
Mullineux Schist Roundstone Chenin Blanc 2020: From own vineyards on the Kasteelberg – first vintage since 2014. The nose shows lemon and naartjie plus some leesy complexity. The palate is rich but balanced with impressive depth of flavour and nicely integrated acidity. There’s a initially a certain breadth and thickness of texture to this wine, although the finish is long and savoury. CE’s rating: 95/100.
Mullineux Iron Chenin Blanc 2020: Maiden release, grapes from vineyards outside Malmesbury. Some gun smoke-like reduction before citrus, white peach and herbs on the nose. The palate is rich and round – dense fruit offset by tangy acidity, the finish again nicely savoury. The most forceful wine of the trio. CE’s rating: 94/100.
Mullineux Granite Syrah 2019: From a vineyard planted in the late 1980s on the Paardeberg. 100% whole-bunch fermentation. Archetypal aromatics of red berries, fynbos, cured meat and white pepper while the palate is medium bodied and wonderfully balanced – good fruit definition, moderate acidity and fine tannins. CE’s rating: 95/100.
Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2019: From own vineyards on the Kasteelberg. 100% whole-bunch fermentation. Alluring aromatics of red and black berries, fynbos, black pepper and just a little flinty reduction. The palate is wonderfully pure and energetic – great fruit expression to go with snappy acidity and tannins that are firm but not astringent, the finish long and super-dry. CE’s rating: 97/100.
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2019: From vineyards outside Malmesbury. Red and black berries, intense spice and some earthiness. The palate is full-bodied, richly flavoured and smooth textured. It sits quite broad in the mouth, the tannins providing a powdery sensation. As ever, the most opulent of the three. CE’s rating: 94/100.
It would seem the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. In this case it is JZ (Jay-Zee) Mullineux, 12-year old son of Chris and Andrea who made his own wine under the 'Zamboni' label in their cellar - Zamboni being his middle name and Andrea's maiden name. There may have been some guidance and instruction from his talented parents, but if this is how he starts out, then this young man is one to watch.
Zamboni '2019 Levels' is a blend of equal parts Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault from the Kasteelberg. According to JZ, the wine was 100% whole cluster fermented with natural yeast and spent 11 months in a 4th-full 225 litre barrel. Just one barrel produced, and 100% made by JZ Mullineux. You saw it here first!
Saturday | Sunday Weekend tasting: Kleine Zalze, just outside Stellenbosch, has been family-owned by the Basson family since 1996 and in 2020 was named Top Performing Winery of the Year by Platter’s. This weekend we will be tasting their Vineyard Selection Shiraz, about which the winemaker says, "a generous wine that is packed, both on the bouquet and palate, with ripe red fruit that is beautifully balanced with a hint of fynbos. Subtle and juicy tannins give the wine appeal both on its own or with food, where it would be a great accompaniment to a roast leg of lamb. With careful cellaring this wine could be enjoyed now or over the next 10 years."
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