2016 Mullineux Family Wines "Granite" Chenin Blanc Swartland South Africa

SKU #1375599 94 points James Suckling

 This is extremely complex on the nose with aromas of sliced dried apples and peaches. Hints of honey. Full body, layered and powerful yet dry and focused. Such composure and focus.  (6/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Very juicy, with a bright mix of green fig, green almond, pear and yellow apple notes liberally laced with verbena and chamomile accents that keep this bright and fresh through the fairly plump-textured finish. (JM)  (6/2018)

91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Granite Chenin Blanc saw no new oak in order to articulate the terroir, the vines here calling Paardeberg Mountain home. The attractive bouquet offers beautifully defined scents of dried honey, marmalade, yellow plum and light acacia. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine bead of acidity, fresh and quite saline in the mouth, presenting lemon peel, quince and touches of marmalade toward a waxy-textured finish that lingers in the mouth. Give this a year in bottle. (NM)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Grapes for our Granite Chenin were sourced from 2 parcels of sustainably farmed old vine, dry farmed Chenin Blanc bush vines planted in the decomposed Granite soils of the Paardeberg. The Vineyards are 38 and 42 years old. These very deep decomposed Granite soils tend to produce wines with great acidity and a flinty, stony aromatic profile. The Granite Chenin tends to exhibit a fantastic natural acidity that balances out the texture and mid-palate that all Swartland white wines possess. The nose is flinty with some stone fruit and citrus aromatics. 94 POINTS Tim Atkin: The Mullineux’s Granite Chenin comes from two very different Swartland parcels, which contribute richness and cooler elegance respectively. Appley, fresh and stony, with subtle baking spices, some beeswax and a backdrop of older oak and a leesy texture.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.