Mullineux Syrah, Swartland, South Africa 2013

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Mullineux Syrah, Swartland, South Africa 2013

22.50

A few South African winemakers are starting to break away from the pack and Chris and Andrea Mullineux are among that elite group, along with the likes of Eben Sadie, Chris Alheit and John Seccombe. Specialising in Syrah, Mullineux buy in grapes from the best growers in the Swartland, having forged relationships with them for many years. This is their 'entry level' Syrah, a blend from seven different sites and soils, which contains a significant proportion of whole bunch fruit, which gives sappy energy and vigour. As far as South African Syrah goes, it's long way ahead of the peloton!

The Wine Advocate: "Mullineux's 2013 Syrah includes about 80% whole bunch fruit as it was a cool year from seven different vineyards (five schist, one granite and one on ferrous soils). It has a blackberry and cranberry leaf-scented bouquet, and a pleasant herbal note with rose petals coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with a cool exterior and it is full of tension, and quite linear with blackberry, a touch of mint and cedar with a structured, almost Cornas-like finish. I think the whole-bunch works really well here, although it will benefit from 3-5 years in bottle. Readers should note that in 2013 this bottling includes the Granite Syrah that the Mullineux's felt would benefit the overall blend." 94 points

Decanter: "This is 'only' the entry point Syrah from Chris and Andrea Mullineux (they make four single-vineyard releases too), but it reminds me of a scented, silky Crozes-Hermitage. Spicy and floral, with 40% whole bunches adding complexity. Drink 2015-2022. 13% alc." 93 points

Jamie Goode: "Floral and fresh with lovely purity to the cherry and plum notes. So fresh with lovely definition. Quite pure. This is simply fantastic with lovely freshness and purity, and it tastes like a ripe Cornas." 95 points

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