By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2011 | Send Email
Chris and Andrea Mullineux are a rising star husband and wife winemaking team in Swartland, South Africa, who farm their ancient shale, granite, and gravel soils naturally, following minimalist practices. Sourced from mostly 30 year old vines planted in shale and schist based soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, it isn't surprising that this 100% Chenin Blanc is dry, snappy, and mineral-driven, with bracing acidity. This is not a superripe, oakey style (as sometimes can come from warm climates); it's all about acidity and balance here! There's just the right amount of mid-palate richness, and touches of honey round out the tropical citrus aromas and flavors in the finish. This is balanced, crisp and very food-friendly. Viskoekies, traditional South African fish cakes, would be a nice pairing. Look out Loire Valley!