Cape Winemakers Guild

The Expressive, Terroir-Inspired Winemaker

Andrea Mullineux

“A good wine to everyone is a great wine to no one. And that, for me, is the essence of what I am trying to achieve behind my Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines: wines that are rare, wines that can provoke your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions.”

Hailing from San Francisco, USA, Andrea studied viticulture and oenology at UC Davis before working at Cakebread, Viader and El Molino wineries in the Napa Valley. She first came to South Africa in 2004 to work a six-month stint at Waterford, and then moved on to Châteauneuf-du-Pape where, on the same trip, she met her husband Chris Mullineux.

In 2007, they set up their Swartland-based winery, Mullineux Family Wines. Andrea’s focus is on dry farmed Mediterranean varieties produced as naturally and classically as possible. Since their first release, her wines have received consistent critical praise locally and internationally in publications such as The Wine Advocate and the Platter’s Wine Guide. When Andrea is not hard at work in the cellar, her energies flow into her two children, veggie garden and the kitchen where she loves cooking up a storm, glass of wine in hand.

  • +27 76 974 6679
  • andrea@mlfwines.com
  • www.mlfwines.com
  • Swartland Appellation

Auctioned Wines

Mullineux Swartland ‘The Gris’ Old Vines Sémillon 2022

Auction Year: 2023

Mullineux Swartland ‘The Gris’ Old Vines Sémillon 2022

100% Sémillon
Wine of Origin Swartland

  • Sémillon Gris is considered a South African phenomenon and this wine has gained an international following for its quality and rarity.
  • In the mid-1800s, 40% of all vineyards in South Africa were Sémillon Gris, but now only a few exist.
  • This vineyard was planted in 1960 on the granite slopes of the Paardeberg.
  • We took cuttings from this vineyard and spent 10 years repropagating them through a nursery, and have replanted the country’s first official, legally recognized Sémillon Gris on our regenerative organically farmed vineyard, Roundstone.

“O siyeza, o siyeza , sizofika webaba noma
O siyeza, o siyeza, siyagudla lomhlaba
Siyawela ngapheshaya kulezontaba ezimnyama
Lapha sobheka phansi konke ukuhlupheka”

This wine represents a transition from the past to the future, as does the metaphor of transformation represented in the lyrics of Johnny Clegg & Savuka’s powerful “O Siyeza”.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R
  • Lowest: R
  • Average: R

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 41
  • Cases Auctioned: 26

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.02 vol%
  • RS: 3.3 g/l
  • TA: 6.4 g/l
  • pH: 3.23

Leeu Passant Franschhoek Hillside Cabernet Franc 2021

Auction Year: 2023

Leeu Passant Franschhoek Hillside Cabernet Franc 2021

100% Cabernet Franc
Wine of Origin Franschhoek

  • This is the first release of this Cabernet Franc.
  • We planted this stok-by-paaltjie single vineyard on the east-facing slopes of Franschhoek when we started Leeu Passant.
  • These steep, terraced slopes have a permanent cover crop of multiple fynbos species spanning the ground under the vines.
  • Only a single 500L barrel was made.

“Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour
Souris à nos ivresses
Nuit plus douce que le jour
Ô, belle nuit d’amour!
Le temps fuit et sans retour
Emporte nos tendresses
Loin de cet heureux séjour
Le temps fuit sans retour”

“Bacarolle” by Jacques Offenbach

This is the last song I listened to before becoming a Mullineux and beginning my permanent journey in South Africa, and now, this is my first 100% Cabernet Franc that I am sharing with you, a wine that is an accumulation of love.

To enjoy the gorgeous fragrance of this wine, decant if the time it requires in bottle is not an option.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R
  • Lowest: R
  • Average: R

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 81
  • Cases Auctioned: 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.38 vol%
  • RS: 1.9 g/l
  • TA: 5.5 g/l
  • pH: 3.61

Mullineux “The Gris” Sémillon 2021

Auction Year: 2022

Mullineux “The Gris” Sémillon 2021

100% Sémillon Gris

62 years ago, Chubby Checker popularised The Twist, the first weather satellite was launched, Albert Camus died, Bono was born, the laser was invented, JFK was elected US president, a loaf of bread cost 9 cents, To Kill A Mockingbird was published, South Africa was not a republic, the first animals were successfully sent into Earth’s orbit and back, the heart pacemaker was invented and these heritage vines were planted in the Swartland.

Vinification: Planted in 1960, this extremely rare, dry-farmed Sémillon Gris heritage vineyard on the granite soils of the Paardeberg was hand-picked and fermented naturally in two barrels, left on the lees, unsulphured until bottling.

Try this wine while listening to “Stay” by Maurice Williams, written in 1960.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R12 000
  • Lowest: R7 500
  • Average: R8 750

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 65
  • Cases Auctioned: 38

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.98 vol%
  • RS: 2.0 g/l
  • TA: 6.0 g/l
  • pH: 3.21

Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2020

Auction Year: 2022

Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2020

100% Chenin Blanc

This wine hails from Mullineux’s top three Chenin Blanc vineyards planted on three soil types: GRANITE, SCHIST and IRON. The grapes were whole bunch pressed to a single barrel and co-fermented in a layered fashion with indigenous yeast. Left on the lees, unsulphured until bottling.  The wine will be auctioned off in its 34th month of ageing.

“Oh, to capture just one drop of all the ecstasy
That swept that afternoon
To paint that love upon a white balloon
And fly it from the toppest top of all the tops that man has pushed
Beyond his brain
Satori must be something just the same”

Memory of a Free Festival Part 1 – Space Oddity (1990)

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring” – David Bowie

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R15 000
  • Lowest: R8 000
  • Average: R9 800

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 48
  • Cases Auctioned: 30

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.16 vol%
  • RS: 1.5 g/l
  • TA: 6.1 g/l
  • pH: 3.29

Leeu Passant Radicales Libres 2015

Auction Year: 2020

Leeu Passant Radicales Libres 2015

100% Chardonnay

Wine of Origin Klein Karoo

This is the follow-up vintage to my force-of-nature, concentrated wine which was inspired by the extended barrel- aged white wines of the Jura and Rioja. It was created by picking at normal ripeness levels followed by fermentation and FIVE years of maturation and intensification by natural slow evaporation in oak. This means it has self-stabilised during a time and free radical dance and was reborn into this salty, zesty, marzipan textured wine.

From the incredibly cool Barrydale valley in the Klein Karoo, after fermentation this Chardonnay was aged in barrel for a further FIVE YEARS! In that time, as water evaporates, everything else in the wine concentrates. It is an intentionally powerful experience.

Last year the 2014 Radicales Libres scored 97+ points from Greg Sherwood M.W. and was awarded Platter’s 5-Stars.

“We passed upon the stair, We spoke of was and when Although I wasn’t there, He said I was his friend Which came as a surprise, I spoke into his eyes I thought you died alone, A long long time ago “ – David Bowie

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 12 000.00
  • Lowest: R 9 000.00
  • Average: R 10 952.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 87
  • Cases Auctioned 21

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.50 vol%
  • RS: 1.10 g/l
  • TA: 6.70 g/l
  • pH: 3.34

Leeu Passant Radicales Libres 2014

Auction Year: 2019

Leeu Passant Radicales Libres 2014

This is not a normal wine. It is a force of nature. This wine was inspired by the concentrated white wines of Rioja that are created by picking at normal ripeness levels followed by fermentation and several years of barrel maturation.

From the incredibly cool Barrydale valley in the Klein Karoo, after fermentation this Chardonnay was aged in barrel for a further FIVE YEARS! In that time, as water evaporates, everything else in the wine concentrates. It is an intentionally powerful experience

Tasting Notes: Salt and Almonds and Time and Power. This wine is bulletproof and will pair amazingly with hard cheese and salty nuts.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 7 200.00
  • Lowest: R 6 500.00
  • Average: R 6 979.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 150
  • Cases Auctioned 28

Analysis

  • Alc: 15.00 vol%
  • RS: 1.20 g/l
  • TA: 6.40 g/l
  • pH: 3.34

Mullineux ‘The Gris’ Semillon Old Vines 2018

Auction Year: 2019

Mullineux ‘The Gris’ Semillon Old Vines 2018

59 years ago Chubby Checker popularised The Twist, the first Weather Satellite was launched, Albert Camus died, Bono was born, the laser was invented, JFK was elected US president, a loaf of bread cost 9 cents, To Kill A Mockingbird was published, South Africa was not a republic, the first animals were successfully sent into Earth’s orbit and back, the heart pacemaker was invented and these heritage vines were planted in the Swartland.

Tasting Notes: Planted in 1960, this extremely rare, dry-farmed Semillon Gris heritage vineyard on the granite soils of the Paardeberg was hand-picked and fermented naturally in a single barrel.

Try this wine while listening to “Stay” by Maurice Williams, written in 1960.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 400.00
  • Lowest: R 4 400.00
  • Average: R 4 700.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 46
  • Cases Auctioned 32

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.54 vol%
  • RS: 1.80 g/l
  • TA: 5.70 g/l
  • pH: 3.31

Mullineux ‘The Gris’ Semillon 2017 – Old Vines

Auction Year: 2018

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.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 6 000.00
  • Lowest: R 5 000.00
  • Average: R 5 657.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 47
  • Cases Auctioned 28

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.66 vol%
  • RS: 1.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.40 g/l
  • pH: 3.47

Leeu Passant Old Vines Cinsault 2015

Auction Year: 2017

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.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 10 400.00
  • Lowest: R 5 000.00
  • Average: R 6 313.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 66
  • Cases Auctioned 46

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.90 vol%
  • RS: 1.80 g/l
  • TA: 5.10 g/l
  • pH: 3.66

Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2014

Auction Year: 2017

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

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 200.00
  • Lowest: R 3 800.00
  • Average: R 3 971.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 44
  • Cases Auctioned 28

Analysis

  • Alc: 44.00 vol%
  • RS: 2.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • pH: 3.30

Mullineux Clairette Blanche 2015

Auction Year: 2016

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.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 400.00
  • Lowest: R 3 600.00
  • Average: R 3 894.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 57
  • Cases Auctioned 34

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.00 vol%
  • RS: 2.40 g/l
  • TA: 5.40 g/l
  • pH: 3.35

Mullineux Trifecta Syrah 2013

Auction Year: 2016

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.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 7 400.00
  • Lowest: R 6 200.00
  • Average: R 6 733.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 69
  • Cases Auctioned 48

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.52 vol%
  • RS: 2.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.50 g/l
  • pH: 3.72

Mullineux “The Gris” Semillon 2014

Auction Year: 2015

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.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 600.00
  • Lowest: R 3 800.00
  • Average: R 4 393.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 83
  • Cases Auctioned 60

Analysis

  • Alc: 12.66 vol%
  • RS: 1.80 g/l
  • TA: 5.90 g/l
  • pH: 3.35

Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2013

Auction Year: 2015

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 one year.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 200.00
  • Lowest: R 4 800.00
  • Average: R 5 000.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 70
  • Cases Auctioned 30

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.68 vol%
  • RS: 3.80 g/l
  • TA: 6.10 g/l
  • pH: 3.32

Mullineux “The Gris” Semillon 2013

Auction Year: 2014

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.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 400.00
  • Lowest: R 4 000.00
  • Average: R 4 225.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 80
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.47 vol%
  • RS: 2.00 g/l
  • TA: 5.40 g/l
  • pH: 3.25

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