Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2021


The adapted natural resilience of the dry land Schist Syrah on Roundstone, has resulted in this wine showing pure freshness and superb concentration. The aromas show beautiful hints of Bergamot orange, fragrant dark African violets and nutmeg and the palate is lead by well-structured and harmonious Schist-derived firm tannins. This vintage has phenomenal ageing potential.

“Beautiful upfront frangance of geranium with dense fruit concentration and notes kumquart, coffee bean and a hint of tomato leaf. Finishing with a tight fine tannin grip.” – Corlien’s notes

ANALYSIS: Alc 13.5% | RS 2.5 g/l | TA 5.5 g/l | pH 3.78

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Mullineux was established in 2007, when Chris and Andrea Mullineux settled in the Swartland wine region, 60 kilometers north of Cape Town. Within a very short time period the winery established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, both locally and on the international front. By 2020 the winery had received thirty 5-star ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide, as well as being awarded  Platter’s Winery of the Year an unprecedented 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

In addition, Andrea was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 International Winemaker of the Year and in 2016 Chris & Andrea were Tim Atkin’s South African Winemakers of the Year.

Vineyard details:

These very special and characterful grapes grown on the schisty slopes of Kasteelberg, showcase our estate, Roundstone and its tremendous ability to define Syrah grown on Schist soils. These rocky soils limit vine size, hence the clusters and individual grapes in turn remain smaller with a higher skin to juice ration, offering denser, more brooding tannins.


The grapes were picked during the cool morning air and the 100% whole bunches were directly foot-crushed into 500L barrels. Natural microbes took the wine through its fermentations and only hand plunging was performed to build complexity via gentle extraction – just enough to keep the cap wet. After 4 weeks it was racked and pressed back to the same open top barrels. This completed the tannin development and allowed its dark perfume to flourish.

The Schist Syrah spent 12 months in 50% new and 50% 4th fill 500L French oak barrels and then another 10 months in 2000L Foudre before being bottled unfiltered.

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