Mullineux Swartland Syrah 2012

Member Review by Mary John Baumann, DWS:

Tasted with Cathy Van Zyl MW at a Mullineux trade event in Cape Town last March, the wines of Chris Mullineux have helped put the quality and terroir of Swartland on the map. Made from Syrah sourced strictly from organic growers in the region, Chris crafts Northern Rhone ringers on granite and schist soils. While the 2009 Syrah shows the grace and elegance typically found in France, his single terroir bottlings of "Schist" and "Granite" are transporting. Great terroir driven efforts from one of the most passionate winemakers in South Africa.

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Mullineux Family Wines:
We are a small, highly focused Family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel producing a select Family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa.   The Swartland is a beautiful and wild place. The landscape is a series of rolling hills, with a few significant outcrops of rock that form the Paardeberg, Riebeek Kaste... Read more
We are a small, highly focused Family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel producing a select Family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa.   The Swartland is a beautiful and wild place. The landscape is a series of rolling hills, with a few significant outcrops of rock that form the Paardeberg, Riebeek Kasteel and Piketberg Mountains. It is not an easy place to establish vines, and is a region that has as much of an influence on the vineyards and people who farm there as the people have on the land itself. This brings to mind what film director David von Ancken has to say about the old American West.   “The primal, universal power of the landscape strips away everything but the truth of men’s souls.”   In much the same way, we feel the Swartland landscape bares the souls of grape vines, and in those varieties that can take the ruggedness, true personality of site is revealed. Read less
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Vintage: 2009 06/14/2012

Tasted with Cathy Van Zyl MW at a Mullineux trade event in Cape Town last March, the wines of Chris Mullineux have helped put the quality and terroir of Swartland on the map. Made from Syrah sourced strictly from organic growers in the region, Chris crafts Northern Rhone ringers on granite and schist soils. While the 2009 Syrah shows the grace and elegance typically found in France, his single terroir bottlings of "Schist" and "Granite" are transporting. Great terroir driven efforts from one of the most passionate winemakers in South Africa.


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Vintage: 2008 01/30/2012

It's meaty, like a rich au jus. Red and blue fruits. Good. - WS Grand Tour 2011




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