Mullineux Syrah 2015

£28.00

Child prodigies can be rather disheartening to those of us that are slightly more… 'traditionally skilled.' (That's our code for untalented tambourine twitchers.) Like Mozart, 5 he was, when he...

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Child prodigies can be rather disheartening to those of us that are slightly more… 'traditionally skilled.' (That's our code for untalented tambourine twitchers.) Like Mozart, 5 he was, when he composed his first concertos! Yet those of us in the Oddbins house band, after 12 years of practice, still haven't mastered 'Red, Red Wine!' Some old-world wineries probably feel quite similarly about Mullineux in South Africa.


People have been vinifying Syrah for ages, there's vineyards in the Rhone that are on the 17th generation of winemaker. Yet, it wasn't until 2007 that the Mullineux winery was established. In that absurdly short amount of time they have become renowned as one of the finest Syrah producers in the world. Expressive of spicy citrus rind, refined black fruit, violets and lilies. The palate is elegant and restrained yet with plenty of body and a silky texture balanced by a fresh, natural acidity, this fine Swartland red might well make some old world winemakers, a touch green.


Chris and Andrea Mullinieux created their first vintage in Swartland in 2008. The name of the Mullinieux vineyards is now internationally known and they are acclaimed as one of the top South African wine producers. Chris and Andrea produced vintages all over the world but settled in Swartland, South Africa because they believed that the granite and schist based soils would make up the perfect terroir to create some exceptional wines.


In order to preserve the characteristics of the terroir, the vines are farmed sustainably and only minimal amounts of sulphur are added to the wine during the fermentation process. The aim is to create wines that showcase the distinctive character of Swartland's soils.From seven sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: four parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg; two parcels of dry-land, bush vines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. Vines are aged between 19and 26 years.Winemaking: Each parcel of hand-picked grapes is chilled in our cold room then about 50% are destemmed to tank and the remainder is added as whole bunches. Minimal SO2 is added and, as with all our wines, no further additions are made. The must is initially pigeaged once a day. After about 4 days fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts and the wine is pigeaged once or twice a day, depending on extract and tannin development. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 28 °C. Fermentation lasts from 7 to 10 days after which 3 to 7 weeks (also depending on tannin development) skin contact is given. The wine is then drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The different parcels are racked in Spring to blend the wine, which is then returned to barrel and bottled unfiltered and unfined after a further 14 months maturation. Maturation: Aged 11 months in French oak 225L and 500L barrels and 2000L Foudre. 15% new wood in total.

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£4.95

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Next Day Before 10am £19.95
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Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

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£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.