2015 Mullineux Chenin Blanc Swartland Quartz Leliefontein
2015 Mullineux Chenin Blanc Swartland Quartz Leliefontein The Quartz is a bit flashier than Mullineux’s other soil-specific bottlings, with pronounced notes of roasted apple skin, orange oil, pressed yellow flowers, juicy pear and even a hint of fresh guava. The palate of this 2015 wine is full and opulent, though deftly balanced by vibrant acidity and a lingering flavor of spiced-pear tart.
Owned and operated by Andrea and Chris Mullineux, Mullineux is a small, highly focused family winery producing wines in the Swartland Region of South Africa. As a leader in the so-called Swartland Revolution, the winery produces hand crafted, terroir based wines on the granite, shale, iron, quartz, and schist laced lands of the region.
The vineyards are planted mostly with Mediterranean grape varieties that are ideally suited to the environment, and are farmed in harmony with their surroundings. Dry farming allows for a natural concentration in the wines, and ensures the vines properly reflect the character of each vintage. Cover cropping is practiced to maintain healthy, balanced insect populations and help with nitrogen assimilation. In the cellar, apart from minimal amounts of sulfur, nothing is added to, or removed from the wines. They use indigenous yeasts, do not add acids, tannins, or enzymes, and bottle the wines unfined and unfiltered.
In 2015, Mullineux received an infusion of capital from their new partner Analjit Singh. Andrea and Chris subsequently purchased the Roundstone farm on the Western slopes of the Kasteelburg Mountain. As part of this expansion, they have partnered with viticulturist Rosa Krueger who is widely considered one of the South Africa’s leading figures in wine. Having documented valuable sources of old vine vineyards throughout the Western Cape, Krueger now works with Mullineux on their new planting program of Syrah, Chenin blanc, Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette blanche, Carignan, Semillon, Roussanne, and Maccabeu.
“Chris and Andrea Mullineaux are at the forefront of the so-called -Swartland Revolution. They adopt a minimalist approach to their wines with particular focus upon expression of terroir, with the goal of translating the granite and schist soils of Swartland. This is Old World mantra applied to the New World to great effect.” Neal Martin Wine Advocate