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"To say the latest crop of Mann-made Swinney wines is outstanding would be to damn with faint praise ... It’s a while since I’ve been so impressed by a crop of new wines". Huon Hooke, www.therealreview.com, Sep 2019.
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Striking pale straw with green hues, the wine is vibrant and intense with jasmine blossom, lychee, candle wax and honey suckle. The palate is medium bodied with an intense and textural pithy, briny, mouthfeel. Mandarin, lemon grass and white nectarine fruits are balanced by cut lime acidity, driving through to a powerful, long finish.
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"Deep, brooding spicy wine of black fruit and savoury dried herb and lavender perfume. It’s defined as much by anything else, by its dense shale-like or graphite tannin. So much good stuff to chew on, and roll around the mouth. Also, black olive and grilled meat strewn with pepper, some raspberry maybe, and freshness to acidity. Length is excellent too, saline and savoury, with uncompromising tannin and grip as it goes. It’s a fair way out of the mainstream in terms of Australian wine, and none the worse for that." 95 pts
Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, Sep 20
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Dark and saturated with an inky, richly fragrant fruit profile combining Szechuan pepper, anise, blueberries and old fashioned salted liquorice.
This is medium to full-bodied wine with a cool slate-like mouthfeel complimenting the deep mulberry fruits and allspice. A hint of fine cedary oak lends support to a wine of delicious length and drinkability. Plush, rich and satisfying.
"Them tannins. Whoa. Italianate and fine, a swish and web that sucks and pulls, draws long and gives this beautiful shape to the mellifluous, come-hither dark fruit and wild herb n spice that features so heavily in this wine. Amazing perfume, a little quieter than 2018 but with all the appeal and flighty, floral and spice fragrance of best grenache from anywhere. Pent up, tight, precise and pure, the palate is a masterpiece example of the variety. That tension, that length! All here. Such a good wine." 96+ pts
Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au, Sep 20
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"This is a very serious wine indeed and it gives me more pleasure than almost anything I can think of this year... this wine is all about the fruit and I have tasted nothing like it, at least made from Grenache. The insanely mineral palate reminds me of elite Nebbiolo, visceral, elemental Pinot Noir, majestic Baga and other red grapes which celebrate bitterness! There are clearly insane vibrations emanating from the soil here which make this fruit so damned toned. The flavour silhouette is slender, athletic, toned and immensely powerful and yet the flavour is gentle, caressing, magical and life-fulfilling. It is a near-perfect wine." 19.5/20
Matthew Jukes (UK), www.matthewjukes.com, September 2020
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"A jaw-dropping, ground-breaking syrah from Frankland River. 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 pts
Ray Jordan, The West Australian, November 2019
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