Mullineux Old Vines White 2014


Grapes for the 2014 white blend come from five sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland.

One parcel of 35 year-old Chenin Blanc planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, two parcels of 40-70 year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin, one parcel of 80 year old Clairette blanche and a 55 year old Heritage Semillon Gris vineyard grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and a parcel of 16 year-old Viognier planted on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. 

As each parcel is harvested the grapes are chilled in our cold room. The grapes are then pressed whole-bunch and the juice is allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 is added and, as with all our wines, no other additions are made. The juice is then racked to barrel for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 8 weeks. The wine is left without additional sulphur on its lees until spring. During this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. The barrels are racked and blended just before the following vintage and bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Note: This wine has a nose of ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fairly full and richly textured with notes of ripe pears, almonds and peaches. The finish is fresh and clove-like. Best served at 10 to 12 °C, this wine will show optimally when decanted in the first 3 years after bottling. Still drinking beautifully in summer 2019. 

Beautiful pairing for pork belly, scallops, lobster, prawns

Main Varietal
Chenin Blanc
Other Varietals
Clairette Blanche/Viognier/Semillon Gris
Bottle size
Mullineux Wines
Platter Rating
5 Stars
Platters Annual Guide to SA Wines
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About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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