For those who like to drink their dessert, this is a hedonistic delight with complex layers of intensity balanced by granite freshness. The bouquet is classically beautiful, with honey, quince, dried apricots and marmalade. A killer line of acidity cuts through the rich, honeyed fruit like a hot knife through butter. The finish brings out a little tangerine and mango, making another sip simply irresistible. Winemaker Andrea Mullineux is actually a San Francisco native who fell in love with South African wine (and her South African husband, Chris Mullineux) and made the leap across the water to start her winery. Seems like that was a great move; Wine Enthusiast named her International Winemaker of the Year in 2016.
The 2020 Straw Wine has a typically gorgeous bouquet of dried honey, quince, tangerine and touches of candle wax, displaying the usual wonderful delineation and freshness. The palate is extremely well balanced with a killer line of acidity that cuts a swath through the rich honeyed fruit. Notes of tangerine, peach and mango appear toward the finish. Irresistible.