Mullineux, Old Vines White Blend
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Mullineux, Old Vines White Blend - 2021

Item # 45881 750mL

A white wine from seven different parcels in Swartland including some 38 year old Chenin Blanc planted on schist, a parcel of 57 year old Sémillon Gris and a 41 year old parcel of Clairette Blanche. Aged for just under a year in older French oak barrels. Great with a mushroom burger.

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I fell so completely head-over-heals for the Mullineux Family Syrah (item# 27223, which I highly recommend!) that I had to check out one of their white wines and I’m so glad I did. Their Old Vines White is a heady blend of 62% Chenin Blanc (from 40+ year old vines), 10% Clairette Blanche, 9% Viognier, 7% Grenache Blanc, 6% Semillon Gris (from 57-year-old vines, wow!), and 6% Verdelho that get fermented together in 500-litre barrels where they stay for eleven months of incredible harmonization. Pale straw in color, this wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus and succulent stone fruit aromas and hints of holiday spice. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches, and a long, subtly spiced finish. BYO bottle of this to your favorite Chinese place and pair with dry pepper style prawns and cumin beef.

- SG

About the Producer

Swartland, South Africa Mullineux is a small, highly focused family winery producing hand crafted wines from the granite, shale and schist based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa. Andrea and Chris Mullineux are the proprietors. Chris was born in Cape Town, raised in Johannesburg. For 5 years he managed the vineyards and cellar of up a boutique organic winery in Tulbagh. Chris...

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Glossary

South Africa

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Clairette

Clairette is a term that is applied to several white varieties in southern France: "Clairette Ronde" refers to Ugni Blanc; there is also a pink-skinned variety called Clairette Rose. The real "Clairette Blanche," however, is a touchy grape that is added to many blends in the southern Rhône, Provence, and Languedoc. It is prized in such blends for its bright acidity and its aromatic properties.

Viognier

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly adopted winemaking technologies have helped a dedicated group of producers to bring the country's dry...

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