Spicy South African Syrah – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Spicy South African Syrah


Chris and Andrea Mullineux blend fruit from seven sustainably-farmed parcels for this wine, the vines between 22 and 30 years of age. They ferment it with ambient yeasts and some whole clusters (10 percent). There’s a darkness in the result, more in the camp of dark chocolate and hard-seared steak rather than deep purple fruit—although a juicy blueberry note gives it some energy. After a few days open, that fruit begins to turn towards fresher red expressions and forest accents. Its black-pepper pop would make this an interesting foil to steak au poivre.

Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY

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Mullineux 2017 Swartland Syrah

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is the tasting coordinator for imported wines at Wine & Spirits magazine.


This story appears in the print issue of February 2021.
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