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2016 Mullineux Syrah Swartland South Africa

SKU #1440159 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A blue-fruited and deliciously fresh syrah that shows blueberries, black peppers and Chinese spices. Medium-bodied, linear and refined with polished tannins and a succulent, violet-flavored finish. Screw cap. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Syrah is 100% whole-bunch fruit, and I think this gives it the edge over the 2015. It has a very fresh, focused nose with more edginess than the previous vintage, offering touches of peppermint and dried herbs. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin - quite a "cool customer," presenting a longer, more precise finish than the 2015. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A blend of seven parcels, some on shale and schist, others on decomposed granite and one on iron-rich soil, this is floral and spicy. The sweet black fruit is concentrated yet transparent enough to show off the herbal notes and cocoa-scented tannins. With its vibrant acidity, it’s friendly to drink now, although it also has the poise to age. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Focused, with a sanguine streak through the mix of black cherry, red currant and juniper notes. Picks up iron-tinged grip on the finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Syrah has an elegant nose of red and black fruit with subtle black pepper aromas and soft florals tones. On the palate, the wine has a shy yet chewy red core with a tannic edge that drives through to the mid-palate. The finish is grippy, with a firm structure, tight red-fruit tannins and black spice wound up with complex mineral tones. While it may be food-friendly now, it will last for years to come. (AM) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark After the Kloof Street red 2017, this is more savoury and sober in aroma. Spice, pepper and dark fruit of pure Syrah. Some oak sweetness on the palate but counterbalanced by the finest of dry tannins. Chalky fresh aftertaste. (JH) 17/20 Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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