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Winery of the Week: Mullineux

If this was a multimedia guide, the words you’re reading would be accompanied with thunderous applause for the team this edition achieving an unparalleled fourth coveted pinnacle award in this guide. They’ve been Winery of the Year in both 2014 and 2016, then Top Performing Winery of the Year last year, and now (cue fireworks) they clinch a second consecutive Top Performing Winery accolade, with five maximum ratings, including Shiraz of the Year and Vin de Paille of the Year. All the more extraordinary for the modesty of the team led by Andrea and Chris Mullineux, wife-and-husband founders and co-owners (with Indian businessman Analjit Singh) of this non-interventionist venture based on Swartland farm Roundstone. Their aim is to reflect the diverse soils of the area using shiraz and chenin blanc as the lens in the varietal bottlings, and as cornerstone of the blends. While acknowledging that old vines play an important role, an eye on the changing climate has seen Chris and consultant Rosa Kruger initiate a planting programme. Look forward to – depending on performance – macabeu/viura, verdelho, assyrtiko and/or vermentino, among others, entering in the cellar, where Andrea and assistant Wade Sander weave their magic. For the team's near-equally stellar Franschhoek-based project, see under Leeu Passant.

Mullineux The Gris Semillon Old Vines 2018

(94 pts)

CWG Auction Reserve range
Category: Semillon gris

From semillon on granite soil, 1960 Paardeberg dryland parcel, red-skinned bunches isolated from rest & bunch-pressed straight to barrel. Though still breathtakingly dry, 2018 intentionally richer than previous, says Andrea Mullineux, to enhance the sensuality of the pear & beeswax flavours as wine ages over next 10 years or more.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.