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 Old Vines White is a field blend of Chenin Blanc (70%) with small quantities of Clairette Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Sémillon Gris. Gorgeously perfumed and concentrated, this wine will seduce with its multi-layered complexity. Ample and floral on the nose, the palate is textured and filling, offering exotic fruit, lime and hints of spice. Notes of grilled pine nuts and rosemary linger in the background, with a persistent mineral vitality. This is a wine with great personality, that will impress and surprise at every sip.