- White Wine
- Chenin Blanc
- Full Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines
Mullineux Family Wines, established in 2007 in the Swartland region of South Africa, is owned and managed by Chris and Andrea Mullineux. Within a very short time period the winery established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, both locally and on the international front. Growing up in Northern California, Winemaker Andrea Mullineux studied Viticulture and Oenology at UC-Davis before working in Stellenbosch and meeting Chris at a wine festival in Champagne. Chris is the Viticulturist, in charge of the vineyards on their farm on Kasteelberg Mountain as well as fruit sourcing for their value Kloof Street wines.
To add to their acclaim, Andrea Mullineux was named Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year in 2016. By focusing on producing handcrafted wines from the granite and shale based soils of the Swartland and it is quickly becoming South Africa's wine frontier. Located an hour's drive away from Stellenbosch, the Swartland is rolling hills of wheat and jagged outcrops of old vines.
First made in 2013, Granite has established itself as one of the best Chenins in the Cape, especially so in a vintage like 2017. Focused, floral and intense, with incredible grip and precision, creamy lees, stylish oak and good length.
This has both rich and racy elements, with meringue and brioche notes leading off, followed by a mix of peach, lemon peel, creamed yellow apple and quinine flavors. Everything knits nicely through the light, salted butter–gilded finish. Drink now through 2023.
The 2017 Granite Chenin Blanc has a very well defined bouquet with a stricter and more linear set of aromatics that need more coaxing from the glass than the 2016. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity - perhaps a more refined version of the 2016 – and features veins of ginger toward the poised and quite persistent finish.
Amongst oldest vineyards in Paardeberg, deep soils allow dryland farming, minimal stress. Complex layers, grapefruit & almond in 2017, more minerality & saline acidity than 2016, shows unwavering refinement, assurance; chenin excellence.