Mullineux Straw Wine 2018 (375ml)


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“Beginning with aromas of golden raisins, the 2018 Straw Wine Has an amazing floral focus and an emphasis on the stone fruits with peaches and apricots. On the palate, the wine is unctuously sweet, with the purity of varietal characteristics, expressing citrus marmalades, pineapple chutney, yet it still manages to capture the phenolics of Chenin Blanc. The finish lingers minutes after, revealing additional nuances of this elegant yet powerfully precise wine. Yum! Drink: 2019-2045. 94+ 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)

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