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Mullineux Family Quartz Chenin Blanc 2013

 
Country: South africa
Region: Swartland
Type: White
Producer: Mullineux
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Bottle Size: unknown
Vintage: 2013
Alcohol: Unknown

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Chris and Andre’s Mullineux’s almost meteoric rise to the top of the South Africa tree has been both a pleasure to witness and judging by the quality of wine in the glass…fully justified. Lovely delicate citrus and pear fruit with some toasty hints. Very fresh, open texture with a delicate, fine personality. This shows real finesse: it’s delicate with good acidity, and it’s brighter than the schist. 93/100" - Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com


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Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, 94 points: "The 2013 Mullineux Quartz Chenin is a new label that sits alongside the Schist Chenin in the same manner as their Shiraz. It has a quite remarkable and captivating nose that is a different species to the Schist Chenin: opening with glorious cinnamon, clove, hints of turmeric even. The palate is very vibrant and tense with fine acidity, quite compact and less expressive than the aromatics at the moment, with touches of spice towards the finish. Very fine, although I would allow it a couple of years in bottle to allow the palate to develop. Bewitching. Chris and Andre’s Mullineux’s almost meteoric rise to the top of the South Africa tree has been both a pleasure to witness and judging by the quality of wine in the glass…fully justified. Ever since their Straw Wine was served blind against Château Yquem 1986, their portfolio of wines has gone from delivering Swartland at the highest level and with each passing season. While remaining relatively conservative to some of the region’s more “out there” exponents, they have become increasingly terroir-focused, as a cursory glance at their labels will demonstrate. At one end has been the storming success of the entry-level Kloof Street range, while at the top end the “Schist” and “Granite” labels are now joined by “Iron." Their ambitions meant that a change of backer was necessary and so Indian multimillionaire, Analjit Singh has stepped in. The company will be renamed "Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines" with Andrea and Chris retaining control. Mr Singh already owned three adjoining farms in Franschhoek, so doubtless the Mullineux's will be working on improving the wines from there. Moving back to the wines, I was intrigued to learn that all the Syrah is picked at the same level of Brix and yet the natural yeast converts them to different levels of alcohol. On this visit, I finally had a chance to see the vineyards myself and share a cheeky sandwich before my next appointment. I asked Chris to summarize recent vintages. “The 2011 was our most sophisticated vintage,” he answered, “and 2010 more opulent and voluptuous. I think that 2012 harnesses those two together, but it is much more approachable than the 2010. It has fresh tannins that distinguish the 2012 reds.” "Lovely delicate citrus and pear fruit with some toasty hints. Very fresh, open texture with a delicate, fine personality. This shows real finesse: it’s delicate with good acidity, and it’s brighter than the schist. 93/100" - Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com

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