Syrah ‘Schist’, Mullineux
Grapes for the 2015 Mullineux Schist Syrah were from a single parcel of sustainably farmed 19-year-old vines planted in the stony Shale and Schist soils of the Mullineux farm, Roundstone, on the Kasteelberg. This parcel of Syrah gives the best expression of the schist terroir – density and structure. Whole bunches are put into open-top 500L French oak barrels and foot stomped to release some juice. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and left on the skins for four weeks, with pigeage once per day. The Syrah is aged twelve months in 500L French oak barrels, 25% new, and then an additional nine months in 2nd fill foudre. 10 months of aging in bottle before release. ABV 13.5%, pH 3.78. 434 cases produced.
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“This is the most structured Syrah in our Single Terroir range. The 2015 combines the perfume and structure of the 2012 and the elegance of the 2013. On the nose there are notes of black pepper, black fruit and spices. The palate is full-bodied with a meaty, savoury character, fine grained tannins giving structure and a balancing natural acidity. The finish is fresh, long and supple.” –Andrea & Chris Mullineux