"It is impossible to overstate the significance of two wines from Frankland River scheduled for release early next year. The Swinney Farvie Syrah 2018 and Farvie Grenache 2018 represent a defining moment in WA wine.”
Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 2019
George John Alexander Swinney, affectionately known as Farvie, and his family settled at ‘Franklands’ in 1922. Today, George’s great grand-children, siblings Matt and Janelle, continue his legacy through their vineyards and wine label.
The Farvie wines, first released in March 2020 from the 2018 vintage, represent the highest quality expression of the Swinney family’s best vineyard sites and have been produced with the aim of redefining what is possible from WA and Frankland River for Syrah and Grenache.
The Farvie wines are the result of a vineyard–focused philosophy of meticulous attention to site selection and precise grape growing practices. These include dry growing, organic farming principles, intensive shoot and fruit thinning, and careful, deliberate bunch selection from fruit growing either on the morning side of the canopy or protected by shade cloth.
Production of the Farvie wines is limited to just a few hundred cases per year.
A great article on Farvie Wines - written by Nick Ryan in The Australian newspaper on 10th March - can be viewed here.
Other notable reviews of the Farvie wines include:
“The fruit, the whole fruit and almost nothing but the fruit. A really gorgeous wine that’s not like any other Grenache or Garnacha I have come across – presumably a terroir expression.”
18/20, Jancis Robinson,
www.jancisrobinson.com, Oct 2019
“A jaw-dropping, ground-breaking syrah. This is not the sweet fruit Aussie shiraz or syrah but more a savoury, grainy style more associated with the Rhone in France. Fine, firm tannins run deep and the oak has been expertly and subtly applied. But it is the way the fruit expresses that strikes as different and exciting.”
98 points, Ray Jordan,
The West Australian, Nov 2019