In March 2017 wine school & Streatham Wine House founders Jimmy & Beth travelled to the wonderful South Africa in search of the best new and established vinous drops of this emerging wine country. Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines are at the forefront of premium quality in the Swartland and we welcome Nicola Tipping from the estate to host a wonderful evening tasting exceptional Syrah and Chenin Blanc from £15 to £75 per bottle from site-specific terroirs.
Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines
Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines is one of the stand-out producers in South Africa's budding Swartland region. Winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux’s ambition is to bottle wines that are a true expression of the Swartland, and all steps of their winemaking process are taken with this in mind. They work closely with a select group of growers who follow sustainable, reasoned farming practices. In the cellar, apart from minimal amounts of sulphur, nothing is added to or removed from the wine. They do not make use of any yeasts, acids, tannins, enzymes, or fining and filtering agents.
Apart from their wonderful Syrah, Chenin blanc-based white blend and a super rich Straw Wine made from air dried Chenin Blanc, fermented and matured in old barriques, Mullineux now have a range of spectacular single vineyard Shiraz and Chenin Blanc wines, each of which illustrates the amazing potential of the Swartland terroir. Volumes of the single vineyard wines are tiny, so availability is extremely limited.
Wines on Tasting:
KLOOF STREET CHENIN BLANC 2016
KLOOF STREET RED 2014
WHITE OLD VINES SWARTLAND 2014
SYRAH SWARTLAND 2014
QUARTZ CHENIN BLANC 2015
GRANITE CHENIN BLANC 2015
SCHIST SYRAH SWARTLAND 2014
STRAW WINE SWARTLAND 2015 - "Platter 2017: Sweet Wine of the Year"
These are wines of outstanding quality - and if you are interested in how terroir dictates style then tasting the Quartz and Granite Chenin Blancs side-by-side will be extremely interesting for you!