2017 Syrah, Mullineux, Swartland

The Syrah is as true an expression of this grape variety in the Swartland’s varied terroirs as you’ll find. In 2017, it’s a blend of four parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg; two parcels of dry-land, bush vines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. The vines are aged between 22 and 30 years, and while delicious on first release, it’s a wine that will age impressively.

Critic score
91/100
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Bottle
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£27.88
Case, 6 Bottles
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£167.28
6 bottles available from £27.40 per bottle
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£27.40

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Swartland, Coastal Region, South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2017 Syrah, Mullineux, Swartland

TASTING NOTES

The 2017 Syrah contains 90% whole-bunch fruit and sees 11 months in 500-liter oak barrels, 20% new. It has a lifted blackberry, raspberry and pomegranate bouquet, which is quite dense at the moment and showing just a touch of reduction. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins on the entry. There is plenty of lovely red fruit here, laced with white pepper and clove. The precise finish lingers in the mouth. Very fine.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (November 2021)
91/100

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