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Mullineux Syrah 2012

Country: South africa
Region: Swartland
Type: Red
Producer: Mullineux
Grape: Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2012
Body: Medium to full bodied
Alcohol: Unknown
Sweetness: Dry

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This perfumed Syrah has notes of spicy citrus rind, refined black fruit, violets and lilies. The palate is elegant and restrained yet with plenty body and a silky texture balanced by a fresh, natural acidity. The finish is long with supple tannins. With 4 years bottle age, this will be reaching its peak.

Tasting Notes

90 points from the Wine Advocate "very fine"

Press Note:

“It has a well-defined bouquet with dark berry fruit, blackcurrant, white pepper and a touch of cloves. The palate is structured with crisp acidity, vibrant blackberry and mulberry fruit with a stony, quite reserved finish that has a chalky texture. Very fine. The 2012 Mullineux Syrah comes from nine different vineyards that includes a couple of new parcels, 60% whole-bunch fermented, matured in 500-liter barrels of which 15% to 20% is new. Drink now to 2022.” – Neal Martin, 90 points, The Wine Advocate 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.”

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