Mullineux Syrah – stunning south african in a Rhône-a-dub style

South Africas Swartland district is “hot” not just climate wise but also hot as in “hyped” in wine loving circles. The likes of Eben Sadie, Adi Badenhorst, Lammershoek (thanks to Richard for the suggestion) and now also Mullineux Wines are setting new standards in a district that until recently was motsly known for rustic an uninteresting reds.

I am now proud to annonce that Mullineux Wines will be one of the stops on Uncorkeds South African Tour that is starting this week. And I am really excited about that visit.

I had Mullineux on top of my wishlist right from the start. Not because the Platter-guide had given them great reviews (even though that is a good reason!) but more so because their Syrah 2008 might be one of the best South African Rhône-influenced wines I’ve ever tasted. I tasted it blind in one of last years tastings of the new releases in Sweden (held by the swedish monopoly – Systembolaget). And it stood out like a beacon. Here there were pure fruit, great concentration and none of those burnt/smokey characters that you can find in south african wines.

And today I got a chance to taste the Syrah 2009 that will be released in Sweden in mars. This is also a stunning wine that stood up to and was not overshadowed by Gugials Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2006 (that is twice as expensive!). Here are my tasting notes on the 2008 and 2009!

Syrah 2008

Dark red colour
Black berries, spices and oak.Smokey/toasty aromas with minerals, gun powder and black pepper.
Medium bodied and concentrated taste of dark berries (black berries), provencal herbs, black pepper and chocolate/cocoa powder. Notes of oak/vanilla and firm tannins. Great length and balance. Loads of complexity with herbs, berries and oak complementing each other on the palate.  A truly wonderful wine.

Syrah 2009

Dark red colour
Still a bit closed on the nose with dark berries, dried fruits, herbs and toasted oak. 
Medium bodied fruitdriven taste of dark berries, liquorice, chocolate leather and herbs. Peppery with good tannins and a spicy and long finish. Still a bit young but will develop.