97 Points Tim Atkin
"If Granite tastes like a Cornas in 2016, this floral, elegant Syrah is the Mullineux’s Côte Rôtie. Elegant, polished, nuanced and beautifully refined, with violet and aromatic spice top notes, juicy red berry fruit and a backdrop of fine-grained tannins. What a wine!"
96 points Wine & Spirits
"Andrea and Chris Mullineux have been exploring Swartland’s varied soils since they settled in Riebeek Kasteel in 2007. Their explorations have led to an array of single-parcel wines, like this one, off a parcel of 17-year-old vines rooted in shale and schist on the Kasteelberg. The 2016, foot-stomped as whole bunches in open-topped barrels and fermented with ambient yeasts, spent four weeks on the skins before it was pressed and racked into barrels, where it rested 21 months. There’s not a hint of wood in the wine: It’s all pure raspberry flavor, spicy and rich, complemented by fine-grit tannins that give it heft and substance. Notes of herbs, earth and tapenade suggest parallels to the Rhône, though it radiates a different sort of warmth. While it’s elegant and restrained, a pleasure to drink now, it has the structure to hold it for another 15 years."
94 points Decanter
The most structured and dense of Andrea and Chris Mullineux's wines, this comes from a parcel of 20-year-old vines on the Roundstone farm in Kasteelberg. It has bold yet polished tannins with generous, sweet oak spice from 21 months in barrels and foudres, plus foundation for ageing in its fresh acidity. It has a great concentration of pure, mineral-laden red berry fruits, savoury meaty tones and black pepper spice. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030
"Peppery, ferrous, bloody – a real powerhouse of a wine, with liquorice, plum, blackcurrant and leather. So broad, yet so well-balanced, with super-fine tannins and crunchy acidity. Stunning. 18/20 points. (RH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Grapes for our Schist Syrah are sourced from a single parcel of 17 year old vines planted in the stony Shale and Schist soils of Roundstone Farm on the Kasteelberg. This parcel of Syrah gives the best expression of the Kasteelberg’s terroir – density and structure. Tasting Notes: This is the most structured Syrah in our Single Terroir range. On the nose there are notes of black pepper, black fruit and spices. The palate is full-bodied with a meaty, savoury character, plenty silky tannins giving structure and a balancing natural acidity. The finish is fresh, long and supple. Best served at 16 to 18 °C, this wine will greatly benefit from decanting when drunk within the first 3 to 5 years after bottling.