69% Chenin Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche, 9% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier en 3% Semillon Gris
Kleur: goudgeel met groene weerschijn
Geur: na flink walsen mooi complex, citrus, grapefruit, abrikoos, mineralig, steranijs, tikje vanille
Smaak: dik en romig, voldoende frisheid, citrus, bloemig, klein noot-achtig bittertje, balans!
Houdbaar: op dronk, minimaal tot 2025 te bewaren
Lekker bij: gegrilde tonijn, zeevis, kalfsvlees, ravioli gevuld met pittige kaas, Brie de Meaux
9 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels and one new 2000L Foudre
Between 4 to 6 tons/ha = 24 to 33 HL/ha.
This wine has a floral nose with notes of grapefruit and lime and a hint of spice. These continue on the palate which is richly textured and balanced by a fresh acidity.
Best served at 10 to 12 °C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling.
2017 oogst: ***** (95/100)
Older vines, some 80 years, 4 main Swartland soils. Chenin-led with 4 others, carefully chosen. Unchanging style & complexity, stonefruit & mineral, beeswax, almonds, 2017 brightened by saline acidity. Wonderful focus, intensity. Follows complex 2016 (4.5 stars, 92 pts).
The 2018 vintage of Mullineux Old Vines White makes a big impression. A blend of 69% Chenin Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche, 9% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier and 3% Semillon Gris and matured for 10 months in third- and fourth-fill French oak 500-litrebarrels and one new 2000-litre foudre, the nose shows citrus and stone fruit to go with hay, ginger and other spice. The palate is power-packed – thick textured and intensely flavoured with coated acidity and a savoury finish. Alcohol is 14% compared to 13.5% in 2017 and 13% in 2016. It’s excellent but those of more delicate sensibilities may find it a one-glass affair.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.