Kloof Street

Swartland, swartland South Africa

Produced by Chris and Andrea Mullineux, the Kloof Street wines represent balance, freshness and superb value. They act as the perfect starting point for discovering the Swartland’s wines. It is immediately evident in the glass that as much care goes into these wines as Mullineux’s Single Terroir Syrahs and Chenin Blancs. The philosophy remains the same, sustainable viticulture and restrained winemaking, to produce an authentic expression of the Swartland.

The wines are named after the street where Chris and Andrea lived in Riebeek-Kasteel when they first started making their own wine. Originally renting vineyards and cellar space, they registered their Liquor Licence to their home address, or as Chris puts it - “effectively semi-legally bootlegging out of our garage”. They now make some of the most lauded wines in South Africa, Kloof Street is a reminder of their modest beginnings.

The Swartland Rouge, a blend of 44% Tinta Barocca, 44% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 4% Cinsault and 1% Carignan, is made with fruit sourced from across the Swartland. As testament to their quality, 25% of the grapes are whole bunch fermented and the maceration lasts from four to six weeks. This gives a wine with an alluring perfume, lovely depth and vibrancy on the palate, and a zesty freshness on the finish. It is superb value. The Chenin Blanc is similarly impressive. Sourced from low-yielding (3-6 tonnes per hectare) vines, the fruit is whole bunch pressed then fermented in 85% stainless steel for freshness and 15% old French oak for texture.  

 

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