See Decanter expert's rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Mullineux Syrah, Swartland 2012.
Mullineux Syrah, Swartland 2012
Decanter average score:
Chris and Andrea Mullineux have made a remarkable impact on the Cape wine scene since their maiden vintage in 2008 (they had previously worked at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards, now Fable Mountain Vineyards). This modest couple makes four of the country’s best Syrahs: Schist, Granite, Iron and this, a blend of the three soils. In a region where ripeness and alcohol levels can easily get out of hand, they have perfected the art of crafting balanced, aromatic Syrahs. This is arguably the best vintage yet of their entry-point bottling, with more than 50% whole-bunch fermentation.
Tim Atkin MW Sweet and smoky in a slightly reductive style. Tannins a little dry, firm and slightly chewy, but there’s masses of flavour and richness. Tarry, long and complex. Very refreshing.
Guy Harcourt-Wood Eucalyptus nose with candied fruit flavours. Intense, pure fruit supported by firm tannins and vibrant acidity. Poised.
Greg Sherwood MW Dark, broody, tight and serious wine. Instant pedigree noted with pretentions to greatness. Dry, chalky, mineral and spicy tannins. Some controlled leafy, herbal complexity and a long, gravelly finish. Very grown up and serious. Impressive.
Price: £19-£23 Berry Bros & Rudd, Handford, Swig, Vincisive