Indian billionaire entrepreneur Analjit Singh has acquired a stake in multiple Platter five star awarded Mullineux Family Wines.
The Riebeek-Kasteel based winery, founded in 2007 by husband-and-wife winemaking duo Andrea and Chris Mullineux with business partners Keith Prothero and Peter Dart, has been renamed Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, reflecting the purchase of Prothero’s shares by Singh's Leeu International Investments Limited.
Focused on producing a select portfolio of handcrafted wines from granite and shale vineyard sites in the Swartland, Mullineux Family Wines within a very short time has established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, with numerous Platter's five star ratings and the prestigious Platter's Red Wine of the Year 2013 accolade to its credit.
The Mullineux maintain their current ownership and operational control of the winery, and Peter Dart remains as a shareholder.
The buy-in is viewed by Analjit Singh as an integral part of his growing private and family business interests, internationally and in South Africa.
"We are delighted to join Chris and Andrea in this exciting venture," he says, "as they bring the passion, quality and focus that is essential to be 'best in class', which is a prerequisite for anything we are involved in."
“We are very excited about the new partnership and as dedicated as ever to enforce our minimalist approach to winemaking and focus on expression of the Swartland terroir,” say Andrea and Chris. “This investment is not only great for the Mullineux brand, but also for the entire Swartland, home and headquarters of our Mullineux and Kloof Street wines.”