2012 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines) Red Rhône Blend Swartland South Africa
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Kloof Street Rouge is a blend of 83% Syrah, 13% Cinsault and 4% Carignan with 10% whole bunch. Minimal sulphur is used before the wine is raised in used French barriques for 11 months. It has a light, well-defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry leaf and a touch of cold black tea that is nicely defined, though it would benefit from more vigor. The palate is well-balanced with creamy red berry fruit on the entry. The acidity is nicely judged and it gently builds to a fresh strawberry, orange zest and white pepper finish that linger nicely, but not too long, in the mouth. This is a very fine Kloof Street – probably better than previous vintages. Drink now-2015.
Kloof Street is an offshoot of Mullineaux Family Wines, which Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate says: "Mullineux epitomize elegant, terroir-driven, traditionally tailored wines that deliver nuanced scents and flavors while rarely treading over 13.5% alcohol. They do not shortchange wine-lovers on flavor, yet at the heart of their best blends there is an intellectual aspect that leaves you wanting more. If you have not discovered Mullineux yet what are you waiting for?"