Mullineux Old Vines White 2020

Mullineux Old Vines White 2020

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Made from a blend of 65.5% Chenin Blanc, 17.5% Clairette Blanche, 5.2% Grenache Blanc, 4% Viognier, 4.7% Semillon Gris and 3.1% Verdelho. Focus for the 2020 Old Vines White was on 8 sustainably farmed parcels that are up to 66 years old. The Schist soils of Kasteelberg are home to structured Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Clairette Blanche and Grenache Blanc. To balance this they introduce freshness and fragrance inherent in wines from granite soils, found in the Semillon Gris, Viognier and Chenin Blanc, grown in the Paardeberg. Finally, an iron soil vineyard which creates Chenin Blanc with elegant intensity, was used to complete this Swartland white blend. The grapes were harvested between 21 January and 5 February 2020 with an average yield of 4 to 6 tons/ha. As each parcel was harvested, the grapes were chilled in the cold room. The grapes were then pressed whole-bunch and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 was added and no other additions were made. The juice was then racked to barrels and allowed to undergo wild yeasts fermentation which lasted approximately 8 weeks. The wine was left without additional sulphur on its lees until spring. During this time the wine finished malolactic fermentation. This wine was aged for 10 months in 3rd to 5th-fill French oak 500-litre barrels and one new 2,000-litre foudre. The barrels were racked and blended, before bottling unfiltered. Bottled on 30 October 2020 at 14%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: A floral fragrant wine, with crushed stones, blanched cinnamon and an enticing nectarine and flinty focus.

Palate: Welcomed on entry with flavours of yellow grapefruit, peaches and nectarines.

Finish: Medium length with refreshing acidity and notes of sweet aromatic spices.

Mullineux Old Vines White 2020