Mullineux White Blend 2012
The Mullineux wines just keep on getting better. This new release of the White Blend is the best I’ve tasted from them so far, and previous vintages have been no slouches either which include the Platter’s 5 star wine of 2010.
There’s a bit more Chenin Blanc in the blend this year, now comprising 76% with the balance made up from Clairette and Viognier still. What is immediately apparent is the pure, delineated fruit balance of this wine and the less overtly oxidative character that was a supporting component previously. There’s a deft winemaker’s touch, lightly fragrant and subtle with honeyed apple, citrus and peach aromas.
Crushed stone, piercing minerality and linear acidity define and frame the palate with elegant and refined fruit flavours lightly edged with the merest hint of oak. Tremendous persistence and clarity on the finish. This is a joy to drink now but it’s going to be fascinating to watch its evolution over the next few years.
Available from Vincisive – £16.50