65.5% Chenin Blanc, 17.5% Clairette Blanche, 5.2% Grenache Blanc, 4% Viognier, 4.7% Semillon Gris and 3.1% Verdelho predominantely from old vines across the Swartland. Their Old Vine White has been a beacon of quality for many years, with some serious ageing capacity too. Highly concentrated, but with a distinctive mineral freshness from the stony schist soils the majority of the fruit comes from, the nose is exotic, with notes of orange blossom, tangerines, cardamon, apricot skin and a whiff of menthol. Young at present, the palate is broad, with more of that apricot fruit, white tea, lemongrass and white pepper and a long finish.
Founding members of the Swartland Revolution, four times winner Platter Guide Winery of the Year, and The Wine Enthusiast's Winemaker of the Year 2016, Chris and Andrea Mullineux are one serious power couple. Based just outside of Riebeek Kasteel on their farm Roundstone, their ambition is bottle wines that are a true expression of the Swartland. Its granite, schist and iron soils, its wind swept sites, old vines, hot climate and long, dry Summers. With Chris in charge of the vineyards and viticulture, and Andrea at the helm in the cellar, it has been a joy to see the incredible quality coming out of the estate year on year. Are there any more talented duos in South Africa? I don't think anyone would question it.
FROM THE PRESS
“Elusive aromatics of white and yellow fruit, talcum powder, and dried herbs with some flinty reduction also in evidence. The palate is lean and linear despite an alcohol of 14% – strikingly pure, currently very tightly wound, and absolutely bone-dry on the finish. Needs a good while in bottle before truly revealing its potential. 93/100”Winemag.co.za