Kinnegar Wines , Importers of fine selected wines

Importers of fine selected wines

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Mullineux Family Wines

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The fastest rising star of the Swartland - young winemakers, Chris and Andrea Mullineux, are making sensational wines in this area of old bush vines and dry land farming.

Chenin and Syrah are the dominant grapes supported by other southern Rhone and Mediteranean varietals. Under the Mullineux Famly Wines label, they make a Syrah, a white blend dominated by Chenin supported by Clairette Blanche and Viognier as well as a Straw Wine from Chenin.

They are founding members of the Swartland Independent Producers - a group of like-minded winemakers in the area.

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Their criteria are:

  • Must be entirely grown, vinified, matured and bottled in the Swartland.
  • Must be fully natural - no cultured yeasts, acidification, added tannin or chemical fining.
  • Red wines must have a minimum 90% of the following varietals: Syrah/Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsaut, Tinta Barocca, Pinotage.
  • White wines must have a minimum 90% of the following varietals: Chenin Blanc, Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Palomino, Semillon.
  • No more than 25% new oak can be used and only European oak may be used.
  • Only Burgundy shaped bottles may be used

Thelema Mountain Vineyards

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Thelema Mountain Vineyards

A Short History

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In July 1983 the McLean Family Trust bought the old fruit farm Thelema, situated on the top of the Helshoogte Pass about 6 kilometers outside of Stellenbosch. This purchase was the culmination of a long search by Gyles and Barbara Webb for that rare location where exceptional wines could be made, for this was their sole intention.


The farm comprises 157 ha of land on the slopes of the Simonsberg. The elevation ranges from 370 to 640 meters above sea level of mainly south-facing slopes, making Thelema one of the highest and probably coolest wine farms in the Stellenbosch area. Although wine had been made on the farm in the early part of the century and table grapes produced until the late 1960's, there were no vines on the farm at the time of purchase. The 25 ha under cultivation consisted of plums, apples and pears in varying stages of degeneration. The neglected state of the farm could not detract from its charm - there are spectacular views of the Simonsberg, Drakenstein and Jonkershoek Mountains and the farm is dotted with enormous oak trees. It has, however, involved an enormous effort to convert Thelema into a wine farm. The farm workers housing has been renovated and new cottages built and the old Cape Victorian farmhouse restored. The orchards have gradually made way for vineyards and virgin mountainside cleared and prepared to increase the arable land to about 40 ha. Detailed tests of the soil have revealed them to be high potential decomposed granite with excellent water-retention capacity.

In 2000 Thelema bought Sutherland, an apple orchard in the Elgin Valley. To date 45 hectares of vines have been planted on this cool-climate site, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache and Pinot Noir. The rolling hills and close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean offers excellent conditions for vines. All the Sutherland fruit is transported to Thelema for vinification, and bottled under the Thelema Sutherland label.

Gyles Webb directs all farming and winery operations, and the remaining directors are wife Barbara and sister-in-law Jenny de Tolly while Gyles' son, Thomas, is involved in general management, sales and marketing.

De Trafford Wines

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André Morganthal first brought us to meet David Trafford, founder and winemaker at De Trafford wines, in April 1998. For me, this was an amazing visit at the time. Because the winemaking was all done very traditionally, by hand and on a very small scale, it was very easy to see at first hand all of the steps involved in the winemaking process - remember, I was studying for the WSET Diploma at the time and this particular visit gave me huge understanding of the details of the process. The tiny basket press used for the Straw Wine /Vin de Paille looked like a toy but it still in active use.

david traffordDavid Trafford is an architect with no formal training as a winemaker. Who could imagine? David says:

"...understanding and working with the vineyard to coax something magical from the land, after that it's hold thumbs you don't cock it up in the cellar.""I never chose winemaking as a profession – it was thrust upon me. I chose Architecture as a profession, but live on land with such great vineyard potential, it was impossible not to get involved in the wine business."

A working knowledge of winemaking gleaned from local winemakers, a vintage spent at St Emilion and David's own practical experience has ensured a small but steady flow of wines of increasing sophistication.

With an acute appreciation of nature and sense of time and place, David is also disarmingly shy, humorous, and honest. When not making wine he goes to physio to repair his back, he walks in the mountains, jogs, swims, plays tennis, squash and golf.

De Trafford Winery is situated on the beautiful Mont Fleur farm set at the top of a dramatic valley above Stellenbosch, 380m up between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, right at the end of the Blaauwklip road, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. You need faith to actually get here as the dirt road in is so long, we still wonder, despite many visits, if we are on the right track. 

The history of wine growing on this mountain farm started with the purchase of the property in 1976 by the Trafford family as inaccessible grazing land. Many of the high altitude slopes were deemed suitable for high quality red grape varieties. Unfortunately, due to the absurd quota restrictions, planting a commercial vineyard had to wait 18 years. In 1983 a small vineyard was established to produce experimental wines – consumed by family and friends! These were our learning curve years ( 1984 – 1991 ), which included lots of help and advice from local winemakers and working experience in France, particularly in the Bordeaux area.

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In 1991 quota restrictions were lifted. Our winery was registered in time for the 1992 harvest and a new vineyard was planted in 1994 and 1995. Varieties, clones, rootstocks, vine densities and trellis systems were carefully chosen to suit the subtle variations in soil and microclimate. The aim is to produce high quality red wines which convey the personality and uniqueness of this mountain site to the full.

In addition to grapes grown on Mont Fleur, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc grapes have been sourced from 3 vineyards in the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountain area to produce grapes with highly concentrated, balanced flavour from naturally low yielding vines. Rows of vines are carefully chosen from the various vineyard blocks and monitored throughout the growing season to ensure the best possible quality fruit. Our tiny production of 3500 cases means we can pay every attention to detail.

 

Paul Cluver Wines

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Having known the Cluver family for several years, it is an honour and privilege to represent their wines here in Ireland. 

The Paul Cluver Estate is part of the De Rust, one of the largest and oldest estates in Elgin. The De Rust farm was originally bought by Dr Paul Clüver’s great grandfather in 1896 to provide summer grazing for their livestock. 

In the mid 1980’s, the 
Elgin area was identified as a cool climate wine-growing appellation which is similar to the famed region of Burgundy in France. In 1986 the first plantings of noble varietals were made. 

Family_amendedThe wines of Paul Cluver are the result of a close knit family who are dedicated to the holistic production of fine wines. They are guided by Dr Paul Clüver, Neurosurgeon, whose pioneering spirit created the building blocks for Paul Cluver Wines with very strong support from his beautiful and very capable wife, Songvei. "Our vision is to make a meaningful difference. We strive for excellence in everything we do while being mindful of the impact our actions will have." The vision is being carried on under his direction by his son, Paul Clüver Junior, son-in-law and winemaker Andries Burger and daughters Inge and Liesl. Another daughter, Karin, is responsible for the enormous apple farm production while Heidi, the only family member not directly involved, lives in Hermanus. They are also all heavily involved in the upliftment of the De Rust farming community with a long established school on the farm along with several other initiatives.

In a ground breaking initiative in 1996, Dr Paul Clüver was at the forefront of the establishment of the Thandi Project, a partnership between the State, the surrounding community and private enterprise with the aim of creating ownership, empowerment and a sustainable business for the community. Thandi wines are now available internationally and are bearing the fruits of Thandi’s mission statement: “With love we grow together”.

 

The Paul Cluver Estate is situated within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a marine and floral kingdom which covers the entire coastal region from Gordon’s Bay to Bot River vlei and inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain. The high, cool Elgin Mountain plateau, with it’s proximity to the sea and protection by the surrounding mountains is ideally suited for the production of premium varietal wines. 

This environment is ideally suited for slower ripening grapes yielding the delicacy and  that characterise the wines of Paul Cluver. The idea behind the holistic production of wines within this Biosphere links conservation, development and the sustainable use of natural resources which create a harmonious balance between man and nature.

Buitenverwachting

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The Buitenverwachting estate, established in 1796, was originally planted by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape and the founder of South Africa as we know it today. It was originally part of the larger Constantia estate which split by Simon’s son into three parts, the others being Groote & Klein Constantia. Lars Maack and his talented winemaker, Hermann Kirschbaum’s approach is diametrically opposed to the “show young, die early” school with attractive but shortterm fruit but no site specific character. This is particularly apparent in the way their Sauvignons evolve over time. The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc is drinking beautifully at the moment with so much depth of flavour, minerality, balance elegance and length - not what we generally associate with a sauvignon. All of their wines are at a quality level well above their price point.

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