Kloof Street, Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2019



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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.


This wine is made from three sustainably farmed vineyard parcels from different parts of the Swartland. One parcel is sourced from 38-year-old old vine Chenin Blanc grown on the stony shale and schist-based soils of Kasteelberg, which retains heat well, ensuring even ripening and adds a mineral freshness to the wine. The other two parcels are from old, dry-farmed bush vine Chenin Blanc planted on the decomposed granite soils of the Paardeberg. The age of the vines, along with the dry conditions gives complex fruit with concentration of aroma and flavour.


The 2019 vintage was dominated by very dry conditions in the Swartland with average yields reduced by 30% of normal volumes, with some vineyards significantly lower. The lower yields resulted in significantly smaller grape bunches and berries, leading to wines with higher than normal extract and concentration levels. The canopies were also more open, allowing more sunlight onto the grapes resulting in thicker skins, more tannins and darker fruit aromatics. Veraison was relatively late, meaning harvest was delayed by 10 -14 days. By harvesting at the perfect moment, Mullineux have obtained fruit with incredible intensity and enough freshness to balance out this concentrated vintage.


Grapes were chilled in Mullineux's cold room facility, then pressed as whole bunches before the juice was allowed to settle overnight. Minimal SO2 was added and, as with all their wines, no further additions were made. The juice was then racked to tank (85%) and older French oak barrels (15%), for added complexity and roundness on the palate. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts and lasted up to six weeks. The barrels were racked and blended with the tank fermented portion before bottling.


This wine shows aromas of sun-ripened pears and wet granite on the nose. The palate has a vibrant acidity balanced by a soft, round texture and some pithy character. The wine has a fresh, mineral finish.

 Grape Varieties 

100% Chenin Blanc

Winemaker  Andrea Mullineux
Closure Stelvin Lux
ABV  13%
Residual Sugar  2g/L
Acidity 5.2g/L
Wine pH  3.4
Bottle Sizes  75cl
Notes  Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian