Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2016
Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of sun ripened pears and wet granite. The palate has a vibrant acidity balanced by a soft, round texture and some pithy character. The wine has a fresh, mineral finish.
Grapes for the 2016 Chenin Blanc come from three sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 35 year old Chenin planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Kasteelberg, and two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin grown in the decomposed Granite soils of the Paardeberg. Grapes are chilled then pressed whole-bunch and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 is added and, as with all the estate’s wines, no further additions are made. The juice is then racked to tank (85%) and older French oak barrels (15%) for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 6 weeks. The barrels are racked and blended with the tank fermented portion and then bottled.
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.