The estate, managed by Chris and Andrea Mullineux, was established in 2007 on Kasteelberg Mountain in Swartland. Andrea grew up in California and studied at UC Davis before working in Stellenbosch and meeting Chris at a wine festival in Champagne. Andrea was named Wine Enthusiast Winemaker of the Year in 2016.
Grape varietals are the two principal types found in the Western Cape – Syrah and Chenin Blanc – from which different bottlings are produced depending on soil type and age of the vines. This set of wines is called the “Single terroir” series. Entry level wines are made under the Kloof Street label.
The 2020 Straw Wine has a typically gorgeous bouquet of dried honey quince tangerine and touches of candle wax displaying the usual wonderful delineation and freshness. The palate is extremely well balanced with a killer line of acidity that cuts a swath through the rich honeyed fruit. Notes of tangerine peach and mango appear toward the finish. Irresistible.