Only 4th vintage of this splendid Swartland Syrah. The Platter Guide awarded the maiden 2008 vintage 4.5 stars, the 2009 vintage 5 stars and the 2010 vintage 5 stars and Red Wine of the Year with another 4.5 for this vintage - an incredible performance for these young winemakers. And the wine really is this good! Beautifully perfumed with black pepper, dark fruits and spice, full bodied, silky texture and supple tannins. Will evolve over several years but drinking well already. Will benefit from decanting at this stage. Sadly, the production was limited to 1315 cases and worldwide demand high so availability is limited.
Mullineux Syrah 2011 Swartland
Platter's South African Winery of the Year 201418.75/20 (95+ points), Decanter Magazine, December 2014 "Chris and Andrea Mullineux have made a remarkable impact on the Cape wine scene since their maiden vintage in 2008 (they had previously worked at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards, now Fable Mountain Vineyards). This modest couple makes four of the country's best Syrahs: Schist, Granite, Iron and this, a blend of the three soils. In a region where ripeness and alcohol levels can easily get out of hand, they have perfected the art of crafting balanced, aromatic Syrahs. This is arguably the best vintage yet of their entry-point bottling, with more than 50% whole-bunch fermentation.""Sweet and smoky in a slightly reductive style. Tannins a little dry, firm and slightly chewy, but there's masses of flavour and richness. Tarry, long and complex. Very refreshing." -Tim Atkin MW, Decanter Magazine "Eucalyptus nose with candied fruit flavours. Intense, pure fruit supported by firm tannins and vibrant acidity. Poised." - "Dark, broody, tight and serious wine. Instant pedigree noted with pretentions to greatness. Dry, chalky, mineral and spicy tannins. Some controlled leafy, herbal complexity and a long, gravelly finish. Very grown up and serious. Impressive." - Greg Sherwood MW, Decanter Magazine