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Mullineux Schist Syrah 2017

Mullineux Schist Syrah 2017

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"Not yet released, the black-fruited 2017 Schist Syrah is compact and dense with notes of blackberry, dark cherry and dusty spiced plum with a complex structure and tight, rocky core. In its youth, the wine is bold and elegant with a chewy tannic line through the mid-palate, ending with a long, textural finish and dense tannic grip that will loosen in time. This wine is as focused as it is delicious. Make no mistake, this is world-class Syrah that has power, longevity and finesse. Drink: 2022-2040. 93 points

It was my good fortune to meet and taste with Chris Mullineux of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Chris and Andrea Mullineux's single terroir range has always held a soft spot in my heart, as they are blockbuster wines made by a rock-star winemaking team. Unfortunately, Andrea was in the states when I visited, but Chris had a lot to say about the challenges of the 2016 vintage. “The most difficult vintage from 2015 to 2018 was the 2016 vintage, because it was kind of a shock to our system," he explains. "In 2017, we already knew we were in a drought, so we were quite prepared for it. We picked early, looking to keep the acidity. If you look at the big picture, it was tough, but we were prepared for it. But in 2016, very few were prepared for what we got. In 2017, we dropped some of the crop earlier. We had to regulate the crop in the drought. Just at flowering we reduced the crop, when normally we would have done it at veraison. In 2016 and 2018, we had to drop half of the crop at veraison because we could see the vines stressing.”"

Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate (245)