2018 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines) Old Vine Chenin Blanc Swartland

SKU #1423680 94 points Decanter

 Silky textured, with lovely inviting notes of grapefruits, wild flowers and sweet spices. Displays exceptional finesse and typicity.  (10/2019)

Wine Spectator

 Lively, with green almond, honeysuckle and melon notes zipping through. (JM, Web-2019)

K&L Notes

Andrea Mullineux’s 2018 Kloof Street is a stunning example of exceptional South African Chenin, produced by one of South Africa’s best winemakers. Named Wine Enthusiast’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 2017, this American expat living in Swartland has been crafting stunning wines since 2007. Producer notes: "The Kloof Street Chenin Blanc comes from three sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland: One parcel of 35 year old Chenin planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of Kasteelberg, and two parcels of 40+ year-old dry land, bush vine Chenin grown in the decomposed Granite soils of the Paardeberg. After pressing, the juice is racked to tank (85%) and older French oak barrels (15%) for fermentation. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 6 weeks. The barrels are racked and blended with the tank fermented portion and then bottled."


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2019 | Send Email
Awarded “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast in 2017, Andrea Mullineux has been crafting stunning wines since 2007. The Old Vine Chenin is bursting with lemon zest, intertwined with honeysuckle and ripe stone fruit. On the palate, it displays rich texture and powerful acidity, while still keeping a sense of elegance and complexity. This is in large part due to the fact it is produced from older vines ranging 35-40+ years old, which naturally produce grapes with lower yields and higher concentration of flavors.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2019 | Send Email
The Old Vine Chenin is bursting with lemon zest intertwined with honeysuckle and ripe stone fruit. On the palate, it displays rich texture and powerful acidity, while still keeping a sense of elegance and complexity. This is in large part due to the fact it’s produced from older vines ranging from 35 to 40-plus years old, which naturally produce grapes at lower yields but with a higher concentration of flavors.

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2019 | Send Email
This is classic Chenin Blanc done beautifully! My favorite aspect is how richly textured the whole experience of enjoying a glass of this is; soft like honey. Tying everything together is a beautiful lace of acidity. Chenin Blanc lovers, rejoice!

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
Country:

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Alcohol Content (%): 13