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Mullineux Syrah 2017

Mullineux Syrah 2017

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"The nose of the 2017 Syrah is elegant with black fruit showing up first, followed by red fruit expressions that mingle with spice and oak tones before subtle floral aromas present themselves and emerge gradually out of the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the Syrah is structured and complex with a focused mid-palate and a long-lingering finish. The 2017 has not yet been released, but it represents great value for the price. Be on the lookout for this bottling. Drink: 2020-2034. 91 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)