Mullineux Family Wines

Mullineux Family Wines is a new South African company, established in 2007 and based in Swartland. It is a joint venture between winemaking couple Chris and Andrea Mullineux and two business partners, Keith Prothero and Peter Dart.

The first vintage to be released is the 2008, and I recently had the opportunity to taste pre-release samples of three of the four wines that make up the range.  My understanding is that these are the finished wines, not working samples.

2008 Mullineux White, Mullineux Family Wines, WO Swartland
I think this might be a blend, not a straight chenin?
Quite a creamy, lemony nose with a touch of lanolin. Powerful, rich palate. It does feel a bit like a sample that needs time to settle and integrate. 87/100

2008 Mullineux Syrah, Mullineux Family Wines, W.O. Swartland
Very primary black fruits on the nose. Nice smooth, young syrah palate. Very good balance. 87-91/100

2008 Straw Wine, W.O. Swartland, Mullineux Family Wines
250 cases made. Unfiltered & unfined. Air-dried chenin.
A very attractive, orangey crème brûlée nose. Lovely fresh palate. Sweet and fresh at the same time, this is in a hugely enjoyable style. Delicious. 92/100

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Last updated: 12 March 2009