Mullineux Granite Syrah 2014
This violet-perfumed Syrah is the most elegant of our single-terroir Syrahs. The palate is medium to full bodied and delicately spicy, with a silky texture balanced by a fresh, natural acidity. There are notes of black pepper, violets and lilies, red berries and herbs. Aging potential 10 – 15 years.
Grapes for the 2014 Granite Syrah were sourced from a single parcel of sustainably farmed 21 year old dry land, bush vines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg. This is the parcel of Syrah that gives the best expression of the Paardeberg’s terroir – freshness and perfume.
Grapes were first chilled then the whole bunches were put into open-top 500L French oak barrels and foot stomped to release some juice. Minimal SO2 was added and no further additions were made. After about 4 days, fermentation began with indigenous yeasts and lasted about 10 days. A further four weeks of skin contact was given after which the wine was drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Pigeaged once a day before, during and after fermentation. In Spring the wine was racked and after a total of 23 months in barrel was bottled unfiltered and unfined. 10 months of aging in bottle was then given before release.
Maturation:12 months in French oak 500L barrels, 25% new, followed by 12 months in 2nd fill foudre.
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines has notched up no less the 18 five-star rating from Platter’s South African Wine Guide since their first release in 2008 and was also named the wine guide’s Winery of the Year for 2016 (an accolade it also received in 2014).Prestigious US magazine Wine Enthusiast named co-owner Andrea Mullineux its 2016 Winemaker of the Year.