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Mullineux wines are a distillation of perfectionist know-how


Mullineux wines are a distillation of perfectionist know-how

Andrea and Chris Mullineux constantly strive for flawless excellence, and that is all too evident in their wines

Michael Fridjhon

Andrea and Chris Mullineux have been a force on the Cape wine scene since the early 2000s. First at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards and then, from 2007, at their own Swartland cellar (and from 2013 also at Leeu Passant) they have shaped the conversation in a way that very few of their contemporaries have even tried.

The first pathfinders, if only by a few years, were Eben Sadie and Boekenhoutskloof’s Marc Kent. The business operations of all three — here it is important to think of the Mullineuxs as a complementary single unit — are different in ways that warrant teasing out.

Sadie has positioned himself as a frontiersman, which is both plausible and consistent with his actions. Kent got lucky by landing up in business with some of the smartest business and marketing brains in SA — and they in turn got lucky by having as their partner the most competent, astute and creative winemaker to grace the country’s wine industry since Bill Winshaw established Stellenbosch Farmers Winery in 1935. The Mullineuxs — consciously or otherwise — found a path which runs very comfortably between these positions...

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