Lena goes to Kysela

Over the river and through the woods…

Sniff, swirl, sip, spit – repeat.  A fine-tuned practice at an event of this style.  Kysela Pere et Fils just built a new warehouse and was hosting a portfolio tasting to show off their expansive new digs in Winchester, Virginia.  We met with vignerons from all of the world’s major wine regions and buyers from around the country to share their product  knowledge and enthusiasm for “terroir” driven wines.

The true beauty of the wine industry is its dizzying amount of variety.  Different grape varieties, diverse geography and the many ways to bring the juice  from soil to bottle. You can read all you want about how wine is described by others but there is nothing quite like tasting it yourself.

In the midst of such an extensive line up my  goal was to taste objectively from the start of the day to the end.  I discovered that with a bit of patience, wine can tell a story even with only a few minutes in the limelight.

“Every time I open a bottle of wine it is an amazing trip somewhere” José Andrés

As much as I love Rosé the real show stopper for me was Mullineux.  It is a tiny winery just North of Cape Town in Swartland, South Africa. The vines are dry farmed and cultivated with as little intervention as possible. The husband and wife team aim to bottle wines with a true expression of Swartland.  The results are in the bottle.  Two beautiful expressions of Syrah, treated the same through vineyard practice, fermentation and bottling.  The only difference between them is the soil type; schist vs. granite.  We were privileged to taste the true influence of different soil types on each bottle.

Our allocation of Mullineux was 6 bottles each of both wines.








2010 Mullineux Family Wines Granite Syrah
93 points  suggested retail $125/bottle

“The nose is closed at the moment since it was bottled just the previous week, but coquettishly reveals bright red cherries and hints of crushed violets with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, fleshy red-berried fruit mixed with white pepper and a touch of Provencal herbs, finishing on an Old World note that expresses great freshness, mineralite and precision.  It has immense potential so leave this brooding Syrah for 3-4 years.”

2010 Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah
93 points  suggested retail $125/bottle

“Matured identically to the Granite Syrah, the 2010 Schist Syrah is sourced from Riebeek Kasteel from the Kloovenberg estate. It has a wonderful, exuberant bouquet with ripe black cherries, blueberry and crushed white flowers with great definition and flamboyance. The palate is full-bodied with succulent dark berries, black olive, cassis, minerals and a touch of white pepper. Plush and vivacious on the finish, this should repay several years cellaring but will drink earlier than the Granite Syrah. Only 1,000 bottles have been released.”

Receive a 10% discount on 3 bottles of each (Granite and Schist) packed in a custom wood box.


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