Founded by Chris and Andrea Mullineux in 2007, this winery is now one of the most lauded in South Africa. Named ‘Winery of the Year’ four times by the Platter Guide in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020, Mullineux were also Tim Atkin MW’s ‘South African Winemakers of the Year’ in 2016. They chose the town of Riebeek-Kasteel, just west of Malmesbury in the Swartland, for its old vineyards on granite and schist soils, reasoning that, with such quality fruit, they would be able to make outstanding wines. It is an understatement to say they have been proved right.
Grapes for their Straw Wine are sourced from the parcels of-old vine Chenin Blanc that give the best acidity at harvest. The vines are planted in the stony schist based soils of the Kasteelberg and the decomposed granite based soils of the Paardeberg.
Each vintage, since 2008, Mullineux have held back a barrel or two of their Straw Wine and blended them together, refreshing the solera each year with the new vintages. Olerasay 2020 is from barrels which have been fractionally blended for the vintages 2008 through 2019, producing many layers of complexity, nuttiness and depth. Only a portion of the Solera was bottled, with the rest being kept back to continue the solera for decades to come.
Bright golden straw in colour, with a rich, viscous appearance. The nose and palate are a complex, enticing blend of dried peaches, apricots, honey and marmalade, with a savoury nuttiness. The intense mouth-feel is balanced by a clean, fresh and very long finish.
“It is an ethereal wine that gives me no choice but to use a simple word loaded with meaning and one I rarely use with respect to wine… perfection.” Neal Martin, Vinous.com