The Swartland is a beautiful and wild place. The landscape is composed of a series of rolling hills with a few significant outcrops of rock that form the Paardeberg, Kasteelberg and Piketberg mountains. It is not an easy place to establish vines, and is a region that has as much of an influence on the vineyards and people who farm there as the people have on the land itself. This most certainly applies to Mullineux & Leeu family wines.
Mullineux Family Wines was established in 2007, and was owned and managed by Chris and Andrea Mullineux, with business partners, Keith Prothero and Peter Dart. Within a very short time period the winery established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, both locally and on the international front. By 2014 they had received twelve 5 star ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide, as well as being awarded Red Wine of the Year in 2013 with their 2010 Syrah and Winery of the Year in 2014.
In 2013 Analjit Singh joined forces with Chris and Andrea and the company was renamed Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Analjit Singh’s love affair with South Africa started when he first visited the country with his daughter for the Soccer World Cup in 2010. On visiting the Franschhoek valley he felt “a deep sense of belonging, a sense of place” and subsequently purchased 3 adjacent farms. Those three farms have been combined within his Franschhoek hospitality portfolio Leeu Collection under the name Leeu Estates. The reason for the choice of name is the Afrikaans word leeu (meaning lion) is the Sanskrit derivation of his surname Singh.
They use grape varieties which they believe to be best suited to the Swartland to produce a flagship range called Mullineux and a second label called Kloof street. The Mullineux range consists of a Chenin blend, a Syrah and a Chenin dessert wine which are seen as the best wines they can produce. The Kloof street wines are made with the same attention to detail but are a more accessible style.
In exceptional vintages they also produce an ultra-premium range of terroir-specific wines based on Chenin and Syrah. These wines are made in small quantities from parcels of vines that give the best expression of the various different terroirs.