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Mullineux Family Wines Straw Wine (375ML half-bottle) 2011

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      13% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      Deep golden straw in color, with a rich, viscous appearance. The nose is a complex, enticing blend of dried peaches, apricots and marmalade, with savory, nutty aromas of almonds, marzipan and honey. The intense, dizzying mouthfeel is balanced by a clean, fresh and very long finish of dried apricots.

      Critical Acclaim

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      RP 97
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      I have tasted Chris and Andrea Mullineux' straw wine since the first release, on one or two occasions when it was served blind against Chateau d'quem. Having encountered the 2011 Straw Wine three of four times throughout last year and this, I maintain that this is the best they have produced – thus far. Iridescent amber and gold in color, it oozes from the glass and then those heady aromatics swarm your senses: Manuka honey, golden syrup, ripe oranges and mandarin with brilliant delineation. The palate displays extraordinary purity unmatched by either the 2010 or 2012, the acidity is perfect and slicing through those unctuous mellifluous fruit like a knife through butter. Even last year, when I tasted it against other South African straw wines, it was in a league of its own. This is just a magnificent sweet wine – just like d'quem, but a few pennies cheaper. Drink now-2030+.
      W&S 94
      Wine & Spirits
      Chris and Andrea Mullineux met at a wine conference in Champagne, eventually settling in Swartland, where they focus on Rhône varieties. They also produce this chenin blanc from two vineyards that sustain high acidity in the grapes; one is more than 30 years old on shale and schist; the other is more than 40, where the dry-farmed bush vines grow on decomposed granite. They harvest around 23° Brix, then let the grapes dry on racks for three weeks to concentrate the sugars. They then crush the grapes and ferment them without added yeast, which can take up to six months. They age it six months in barrel, topping some of them to preserve the freshness while leaving others alone, allowing some oxidation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the wine is fresh and luscious, layering flavors of candied orange, golden raisin, grilled pineapple, wheat germ and straw. Put all those reactions aside and think of the moist air in an apple orchard along the Atlantic coast, of how succulent and fragrant the air can be.
      WS 93
      Wine Spectator
      Features mature golden raisin, dried persimmon, dried peach, mango and date flavors, with bright green tea, chamomile and orange peel notes providing a vivacious counterpoint to the wine's more lush side. Distinctive and intriguing. Chenin Blanc.
      WE 93
      Wine Enthusiast
      With just 30 cases imported, this is a tough find but worth the hunt, as it will certainly continue to evolve and flourish over the next 10 years, at least. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, peach preserves, honeycomb and orange oil abound, with herbal glimmers of white tea and honeysuckle in the background adding depth and interest. The palate is lush and round, yet pure in character, with ample acidity to keep the flavors from feeling overdone. Hints of honey-roasted nuts and sweet spice grace the long finish. Editors' Choice.
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      Mullineux Family Wines, South Africa
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      We are a small, highly focused Family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel producing a select Family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa.

      The Swartland is a beautiful and wild place. The landscape is a series of rolling hills, with a few significant outcrops of rock that form the Paardeberg, Riebeek Kasteel and Piketberg Mountains. It is not an easy place to establish vines, and is a region that has as much of an influence on the vineyards and people who farm there as the people have on the land itself. This brings to mind what film director David von Ancken has to say about the old American West: "The primal, universal power of the landscape strips away everything but the truth of men's souls." In much the same way, we feel the Swartland landscape bares the souls of grape vines, and in those varieties that can take the ruggedness, true personality of site is revealed.

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      The South African wine renaissance is in full swing. Impressive red and white bargains abound. South Africa has a long and rich history considering its status as part of the “New World” of wine. In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century. Today, however, it is increasingly responsible for high-quality wines that are helping to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot, but the Benguela current from Antarctica provides the brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening. Similarly, cooler high-elevation vineyard sites offer climatic diversity.

      South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for earthy, gamey reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following behind.

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      Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

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