Mullineux 'The Gris' Semillon 2017 - Old Vines
This extremely rare 100% Semillon Gris is from a 58-year-old, dry farmed, Certified Heritage Vineyard grown on the granite soils of the Paardeberg in the Swartland. The grapes were picked by hand in the cool, early morning. In the winery, the gently whole-bunch pressed Semillon Gris was fermented naturally in neutral barrels and bottled after one year. This wine, in texture and intensity, reflects the personality of the 2017 vintage in the Swartland.
Leeu Passant Old Vines Cinsault 2015
This Cinsault is my fi rst ever WO Franschhoek bottling, and is from South Africa’s second
oldest red wine vineyard (a very special 91-year-old bush vine parcel). It was made using
natural yeast and whole-cluster fermentation to highlight its unique site.
Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2014
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in
our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff [and therefore so is this wine].” Carl Sagan
Mullineux Trifecta Syrah 2013
The Trifecta Syrah comes from our three best Swartland vineyards. One Syrah vineyard
is grown on Schist soil, one on Granite soil and one on Iron soil; bringing brooding
structure, perfumed freshness and lush mid-palate to the wine. The grapes were
hand-picked and whole-bunch fermented together naturally. The wine spent two
years in barrel and 18 months in bottle before release. 2013 was a very perfumed and
sophisticated vintage in the Swartland.
Mullineux Clairette Blanche 2015
This rare Clairette Blanche is my effort to showcase how special historically significant
varieties are in South Africa. The vineyard is 40 years old and dry land farmed on Paardeberg
Granite. Natural fermentation in barrel. Clairette Blanche evolves beautifully.
Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2013
The Trifecta Chenin Blanc comes from our three best Swartland vineyards. One Chenin
vineyard is grown on schist soil, one on granite soil and one on quartz soil; bringing depth,
freshness and spiciness to the wine. The grapes are hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed
to barrel where they are fermented naturally. After blending, the wine was bottled after
Mullineux "The Gris" Semillon 2014
This very rare wine is made from 100% Semillon Gris from a 56 year old heritage, dryfarmed
vineyard grown on the granite soils of the Paardeberg in the Swartland. The grapes
were picked by hand, early in the morning, while the air was still cool.
In the winery, the Semillon Gris was whole-bunch pressed gently. The juice was settled
overnight and then racked to two neutral barrels where it fermented naturally, and
eventually also completed malolactic fermentation. After one year on the lees (but not
stirred) the wine was racked clean and bottled. Only 500 bottles were made.
Mullineux "The Gris" Semillon 2013
This 55 year old heritage vineyard grown on the granite soils of the Paardeberg is one of the rarest variants of Semillon as it only develops its "Gris" characteristics after 30 years. The grapes are hand-picked and then whole bunch pressed to French oak barrels for natural fermentation. I chose this as my CWG wine for its rarity, intrigue and harmony. Tasting Notes: Grapefruit pith nose with a spice focus of clove and saffron fronds. Floral high notes of chamomile and elderflower complement the textured, lengthy palate of peach stone and ginger powder leading to a taut finish.