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Mullineux White 2013 – 33.57 – Swartland, South Africa. The Chenin Blanc is from old vines up to 80 years old, grown in Shale and Schist based soils, the Clairette Blanc is grown in decomposed granite soils and the Viognier is grown in iron-rich soils. The mineral, stony character of the granite and schist soils is prominent on the palate. It has a rich, full mouth-feel with notes of lime and white flowers. The finish is distinctive with hints of mild spice such as cloves. This wine would be great with rich, creamy dishes and would even work nicely with pork.
Esprit Sarrail Rosé 2014 – 12.97 – Vivid pink. High-pitched mineral- and spice-tinged red berry and orange zest aromas show good clarity and a subtle floral touch. Dry and racy on the palate, offering tangy redcurrant and blood orange flavors that deepen with air. Closes taut and spicy, with good cut and a refreshingly bitter edge. – Vinous, April, 2015. Like the higher seeming acid in this vintage, mineral.
Domaine Houchart ‘Cotes de Provence’ Rosé 2014 – 15.97 – A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft pink robe. The nose is fresh, with strawberry and red berry notes, followed by delicate aromas of yellow peach and grapefruit. Fresh and delicious, with a fine attack, it is well balanced and long in the mouth. Easy to drink, it pairs well with tartes flambées, salads, and Asian dishes. Also a fine accompaniment to goat cheese with Provencal herbs and bacon.
Mullineux Syrah 2012 – 37.97 – Swartland, South Africa. Consummate blend of 9 vineyards and the characteristics of schist, granite and iron-based soils. 2012 appealing garrigue scrub, graphite/gun oil and white pepper tones woven into concentrated fruit and tannin structure. The most balanced in youth of the Syrahs; eminently age-worthy. Platter Wine Guide, wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014.