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2019 Swinney 'Farvie' Grenache

2019 Swinney 'Farvie' Grenache

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, Feb 2021
What a follow-up to the remarkable 2018 debut. The high perfumed notes strike immediately and almost define what is to follow. It’s a very pretty wine with more seductive perfumed notes than the 2018, most likely a result of the slightly cooler vintage. There is about 12 per cent mourvedre in the blend and all the fruit comes off the Swinney bush vines. Only large-format seasoned oak has been used. A striking wine of refinement and power that delivers with an effortless deft touch. This is a modern grenache with a distinctive Frankland stamp. 98 pts

Nick Ryan, The Australian, March 21
The initial release of this wine drew global attention to sleepy Frankland River. This follow up not only lives up to expectations but expands them. It’s grenache with grit, a sublime entwining of the variety’s red berry perfume with the often elusive granitic grip that defines the greats. Already comfortable among the best examples of this variety on a global scale.

Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com, May 21
Headily sweet nose with some subtlety and some qualities that are not unlike burgundy (apart from the alcohol and the quite considerable tannins). Lifted and sweetly fragrant. A real charmer. Very Grenache. I notice that on the notes no vine age is specified. I wonder how old the vines are? Impressive persistence on this. Denser and more complex than the regular Swinney Grenache. That well-used phrase 'haute couture' may be appropriate here. 17.5/20

Aaron Brasher, www.therealreview.com, Feb 21
There's some quite seductive dark fruit aromatics here as well as anise, black pepper, mocha and five spice. There's also a dark, smoked-charcuterie element and a touch of earthy underbrush. Wowee, there's a cornucopia of aromatics happening here, every time I revisit, there's something new. The palate has a youthful exuberence to it, there's a fair whack of plummy, mulberry fruit, then there's some mocha, spice, graphite and menthol kicking in followed by grainy, rounded tannins that coat and caress the mouth and ensure that the powerfully-driven fruit knows its place in this very complete wine. Great length and mouth-feel. 96 pts

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
Harvest Date
8th April 2019
10+ years
Bottling Date
March 2020
Residual Sugar
0.3 g/l
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked from established bush vine Grenache and Mourvèdre on our Frankland River vineyard, berry sorted and gravity fed to a French oak vat (1600 litres). We incorporated 8% whole bunch Grenache and 12% Mourvèdre followed by wild fermentation to build structure and texture and provide the framework on which to express the distinctive aromatics and flavours of Grenache. The wine spent 10 days on skins prior to basket pressing directly to fine grained large format seasoned French oak followed by aging for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, it is unfined and minimally filtered.
176 cases