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Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc 2019

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2019
  • ABV: 13,5%
  • Origin: Swartland/South Africa
  • Grapes: Chenin Blanc

Description

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines is one of the stand-out producers in South Africa's budding Swartland region. Winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux’s ambition is to bottle wines that are a true expression of the Swartland, and all steps of their winemaking process are taken with this in mind. They work closely with a select group of growers who follow sustainable, reasoned farming practices, as well as owning vineyards at their Roundstone Farm in Riebeeksrivier.

In the cellar, apart from minimal amounts of sulphur, nothing is added to or removed from the wine. They do not make use of any yeasts, acids, tannins, enzymes, or fining and filtering agents. “Leeu” (Afrikaans for “lion”) was added to the name recently to recognise the contribution of a new investor to the project.
Apart from their wonderful Syrah, Chenin Blanc-based white blend and a super-rich Straw Wine made from air-dried Chenin Blanc, fermented and matured in old barriques, Mullineux now has a range of spectacular single-terroir Syrah and Chenin Blanc wines, each of which illustrates the amazing potential of the differing Swartland soils. Volumes of the single-vineyard wines are tiny, so availability is extremely limited.

The 2019 Granite Chenin Blanc is sourced from 43-year-old vines on the Paarderberg. There is a characteristic flinty edge, with lifted citrus aromatics and notes of spiced apple and fennel on the nose. The palate is vibrant, revealing mouth-watering acidity and a refreshing salinity, tempered by lovely texture on the mid-palate, thanks to 2019’s low yields.

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