Mullineux Schist Syrah Swartland South Africa 2020
  • Syrah
  • Dry
  • Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/l
  • Full Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% alc./vol

Mullineux Schist Syrah Swartland South Africa 2020

Swartland, South Africa
Regular price $151.00per bottle ($906.00per case)
6 bottles per case
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Meaty & Savoury

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Mullineux Family Wines was established in 2007 in the Swartland region of South Africa, 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.

The Swartland has a very unique geology which allows for exploration of its various terroirs through Western Cape classic varieties like Chenin Blanc and Syrah, among others.

This is the most structured Syrah in the Single Terroir range. On the nose there are notes of black pepper, black fruit and spices. The palate is full-bodied with a meaty, savoury character, plenty silky tannins giving structure and a balancing natural acidity. The finish is fresh, long and supple.

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. Since its inception the winery has established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, both locally and internationally. Originally from 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 and in 2016 Chris & Andrea were Tim Atkin’s South African Winemakers of the Year. . 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.

Press Reviews

James Suckling

95 points

Aromas of plums, tobacco leaf, tar and grilled rosemary. Full-bodied with lovely density. Fine-grained tannins are coated in red and blue fruit, giving structure and focus to the savory and brooding palate. Wonderfully composed. Expressive and deep while remaining focused. Best after 2024.

Wine Align - John Szabo, MS

94 Points

The Mullineuxs purchased this vineyard in 2013 (planted in 2000), already well aware of its potential. The thin, poor schist-derived soils tends to yield, as in this case, a darker, more severe, wild and savoury syrah, still on the reductive side versus the more floral and blue-fruited expression of the "Granite" syrah from Mullineux. Although it has higher tannins than the granite, because the pH is higher and acids a bit lower, it comes across as more creamy and supple. (Dry extract 33 for the schist, 32 for the granite). I like the flowing, almost unctuous and generous nature of the wine, the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Length is excellent. Beautiful, compelling wine, highly ageworthy; hold into the mid-'30s. Tasted twice in September 2022 and April 2023.

Robert Parker

93+ Points

Marked with the same fresh crunchy red fruit as the rest of the range, the 2020 Schist Syrah pops with a dusty floral grip and hints of red spice and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, the mouthfeel displays a delightful and food-friendly mineral tension before focused tannins grip the gumline. The wine persists on the palate, revealing breadth and depth with focus and harmony before lingering with a tannic edge. Give it one more year in the bottle, and drink it over the next 15 to 18 years.