Mullineux Old Vines White 2021

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Chenin Blanc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Semillon, Macabeo (Macabeu), and Godello (Verdelho, Gouveio)
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Notes: Apple / Pear Floral

Body: Medium

Dryness: Neutral


Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, South Africa

Maker: Mullineux


  • Chenin Blanc
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Semillon
  • Macabeo (Macabeu)
  • Godello (Verdelho, Gouveio)

Fermentation: Slight Wood

Awards: >95 pts


Asian Food Pairing: Chicken karaage, Vegetable tempura, Ikanj Bakar

Western Food Pairing: Grilled fatty fish, smoked white fish, chicken cesar cheese salad


Mullineux Old Vines White 2021

This bottle of Mullineux Old Vines White has a pale straw colour. Popping the bottle fills the air with ripe, green citrus fruit and Christmas spices. The palate is fresh and richly textured, with notes of ripe pears, almonds, and peaches, with a clove-like finish.

74% Chenin Blanc, 8% Clairette Blanche, 6% Grenache Blanc, 7% Viognier, 2% Semillon Gris, 2% Macabeo, 1% Verdelho.
The Swartland is blessed with an abundance of old vine Chenin and it is used as the backbone of the white blend. They’ve then added several small parcels of Mediterranean varieties for complexity, balance and aromatic lift. The grapes come from 9 sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland – the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg, the decomposed Granite and Paardeberg and the rolling, iron-rich hills west of Malmesbury.
Schist-based soils: Wine produced from schist-based soils tend to have blue fruit and earthy character. They are well structure with good acidity and form the backbone of any blend.
Granite soils: Wines from granite soils tend to be exceptionally pure with a granitic perfume and nervy acidity.
Iron-based soils: Vines grown in gravel & iron-based soils helps the vines build complexity and tannin in the grapes. Wines produced from these soils tend to be deep in colour and are very concentrated and bring loads of mid-palate to any blend.
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.
Check out other Whites from Thorne and Daughters also from South Africa.



 - 95 POINTS

The 2019 White Old Vines was left without additional sulfur on its lees until spring and matured in foudres and 500-liter used barrels for nine months. It has a fragrant bouquet of nutmeg, hazelnut and touches of white chocolate, suggestions of orange blossom developing with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a wonderful, tensile opening, hinting at marmalade, quince and subtle walnut and smoky notes on the finish, which has real gusto. This is a wonderful white blend from the Chris and Andrea Mullineux."

Once ubiquitous blending components for brandy production in years gone past have come into their own, now with old-vine complexity. Chenin Blanc is the major component (74%) along with Clairette (8%), Viognier (7%) and Grenache Blanc (6%) plus tiny additions of Semillon Gris, Viura and Verdelho, sourced from seven parcels in different parts of Swartland. Candied lemon peel, cloves, poached pear and quince together with white blossom and fresh pastry weave together for an enticing nose. These follow on the palate with bright citrus, ripe pear and peach with stony minerality and almond-like finish. Will get more waxy and textural as it ages. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040"

  - 91 Points

A brilliant, mouth-watering Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, and 2% Sémillon Gris white wine blend produced by Chris and Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Fresh and ripe yellow apple, clementine, apricot and spicy flavours finishing long and luxurious on the palate. Mouth-filling and elegant."

 - 4.5/5 Stars