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The Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines partnership has been an exceedingly successful one. Chris & Andrea Mullineux are the talented husband-and-wife...
It all began when I returned from my travels in Europe; realised that South Africa does not have a cool continental climate vineyard like the famous vineyards of Europe.
It was a happy accident when Dr. Phil Freese (wine-growing partner at Vilafonté) jokingly paraphrased the timeworn quote: “If you build it, he will come.”
It began a tentatively, a little like re-igniting an old romance after drifting apart. Rioja was one of my first (vinous) loves, so there was an element of familiarity that made access easier.
This week there are many stories to tell. Having been offered a collection of 2002 Kanonkop Pinotage in eight different bottle sizes, we thought we’d have to start from the beginning in order to communicate the gravity of the situation.
Great winemaking areas usually have some kind of incline and is close to a body of water, either between 30-50 degrees north of the equator or 30-50 degrees south of the equator.
David Bowie said: “Speak in extremes, it’ll save you time.” We’re following his advice in an effort to encapsulate the 10 years this case of De Trafford has lain ageing.
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