2019 Mullineux Old Vines White

Swartland, South Africa

A fresh, complex and textured white blend, Chenin-dominant, from one of South Africa's greatest independent producers. Beautifully fascinating.


Serious white wine here. Magic stuff.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Mullineux Old Vines White is a fresh but also multi-layered wine with a lot of verve.

As the name suggests, the majority of the grapes are sourced from old vines in the Swartland region of South Africa. The nose shows aromas of ripe apricot, blossom and mandarin, and on the palate it's all about texture and energy, with citrus notes and some creaminess from the barrel maturation and lees ageing.

While 20% of the barrels used for ageing are new, the oak is integrated well into the wine, resulting in a drop with a lovely textural feel and lots of body.

About Mullineux

Mullineux Wines was started in 2007 by Chris and Andrea Mullineux, a South African and American duo who have made quite a name for themselves in the last decade, winning many accolades and fans. Some of these impressive accolades include Andrea being named Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 International Winemaker of the Year, and Chris & Andrea becoming Tim Atkin’s South African Winemakers of the Year in 2016.

Mullineux produces a wide range of wines, including easy-drinking bottles and single-terroir, premium wines. The focus is mainly on Syrah, as well as Chenin Blanc, South Africa's favourite white grape. In 2013, Chris, Andrea and founding partner Peter Dart joined forces with hospitality guru Anjit Singh to create Leeu Passant Winery.

Chris and Andrea Mullineux in the vineyard
Chris and Andrea Mullineux in the vineyard
Swartland, South Africa
Additional Info

From the Producer

The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and we use this as the backbone of our white blend. We then add several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury.

Fermentation is in barrel with indigenous yeasts and the wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (74%), Clairette Blanc (6%), Grenache Blanc (7%), Viognier (2%), Semillon Gris (2%), Viura (2%), Verdelho (1%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Mullineux winery
Mullineux winery
Swartland, South Africa
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"A blend of all sorts of white grapes from organic vines in Swartland. One of the revolutionaries of the region, now neatly settled into fine wine paradigm wine. A blend of mostly chenin with clairette blanche, viognier, grenache blanc, semillon, macabeo, verdelho. It smells rich and tastes mellow but fresh. Lanolin and yellow plums, pawpaw and creamy hazelnut characters, lime curd and floral notes. All happening here. Flows beautifully, full and with flourish of fruit, spice, savouriness. Lots of complexity and detail in its make up. One to drink off a chill. Serious white wine here. Magic stuff." Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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