Sweets, Fortifieds & Whisky

Live Virtual Auction, 11 July 2021

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Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 3 518
Lot 47
  • Mullineux; Olerasay No.2; N/V; 3 (1 x 3); 375ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 5 000 - 8 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 3 518

About this Item

N/V Olerasay No.2
3 (1 x 3) 375ml

Established in 2007 by the dynamic husband-and-wife team, Chris and Andrea Mullineux have, in a very short space of time, established Mullineux as one of South Africa’s most celebrated producers. Their track record speaks for itself: Awarded Wine Enthusiast’s International Winemaker of the Year in 2016, Tim Atkin’s SA Winemakers of the Year in 2017 and Five times Platter's Winery of the Year (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2023).

The Olerasay is a solera-styled, Swartland straw wine, Chenin Blanc and spans the 2008 to 2019 vintages. Each vintage, since 2008, we have held back a barrel or two of our Straw Wine and blended them together, refreshing the solera each year with the new vintages.

Critics Ratings

'It is an ethereal wine that gives me no choice but to use a simple word loaded with meaning and one I rarely use with respect to wine...perfection. The 375ml bottle was examined over the course of two weeks during which time it barely changed. Each time I put it under a microscope looking for a fault. I never found one. Golden in colour, it has an intoxicating bouquet with orange sorbet, quince, lemon verbena and a very slight Aszú-like note that hovers in the background. Having recently tasted plenty of Sauternes, I can’t help noticing how the aromatics are unencumbered by a thick cloak of oak, thereby lending the bouquet brightness and vividness that is totally enthralling. This all translates across to the crystalline palate. The perfect seam of acidity cuts like an ancient Samurai sword through the viscous fruit whose purity is off the charts. This electrifying Olerasay does not mess about – it immediately thrills the senses with its mélange of blood orange, apricot, crushed minerals and passion fruit. There is so much energy in this wine. The finish has a weightless quality that means, despite its high residual sugar level, the wine is actually easy to drink and is not weighed down by its own unctuousness. The killer aspect of this is the soupçon of bitter orange that hits the back of the throat. I suspected that a perfect Olerasay was possible after the first iteration. This is it. Despite this being a Cellar Favorite, don’t feel you are committing a heinous crime popping the cork now because who knows where we will be by the end of 2020. Just bear in mind that this wine will last decades.' - Neal Martin, Vinous, 100/100 (Jul 2020)

A total one-off in the world of South African wine, this is the second release from the Mullineux's Chenin Blanc solera, made with components that date back to 2008. It has a cavity-challenging 331 grams of sugar, but you don't notice the sweetness because of the balancing acidity. Almond, marzipan, apple tart, citrus peel and layers of balsamic complexity make this one of the best sweet wines in the Cape. 2020-28' - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 97/100

'Intense yet very harmonious, this vibrant wine is gold in color and somewhat light, but keeps coming back to you in waves. Shows beautiful balance, coating the palate with rich flavors of peach preserves, candied orange, mint and honeycomb, underscored by singed lemon peel and subtle sea salt notes that offer even more allure, followed by an endless finish. The second release of this solera-aged straw wine. Drink now through 2050.' - Wine Spectator, 97/100 (Nov 2020)

'Remarkable occasionally released dessert wine, chenin from 3 parcels with highest acidity, mat-dried to intensify aromas & flavours; fractionally blended for further concentration, complexity & harmony. NV from 2008-2019 vintages, wonderfully elegant & multi-layered, near-perfect balance of acid & sugar.' - Platter's SA Wine Guide 2021, 5* (97/100)

Provenance

Wine Cellar Private Client

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