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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.
Platter's Wine Guide
Winery of the Year
'The winery is at the top its game,' we noted last time, and this edition we can only repeat the statement with five exclamation marks added - four for each of Winery of the Year awards they've received to date in this guide, the fifth for the Top Performing Winery of the Year accolade this year, for the astonishing run of eight maximum (five-star) ratings. A performance deeply worthy of recognition and celebration for Andrea and Chris Mullineux and their partner Analjit Singh, the more so considering their internationally hailed venture was founded only sixteen years ago. Their original focus, reflecting the diverse soils of Swartland using shiraz and chenin as the lens in the varietal wines, and cornerstone of the blends, is unchanged. As is the ongoing process of fine-tuning, evolution and improvement, both of the third-party sites they work with, and their home-farm, Roundstone. A new planting there is the rare mutation semillon gris, the centrepiece of one of Andrea's CWG Auction bottlings. The Mullineux and a nursery have spent six years propagating clean cuttings from the original old vineyard, which Andrea describes as 'a place of historical significance'. Andrea and Chris continue to show their remarkable dexterity with different varieties and terroirs under Leeu Passant, and mentor the members of their team who make the Great Heart wines.