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2019 Swinney 'Farvie' Syrah

2019 Swinney 'Farvie' Syrah

2022 James Halliday Wine Companion
Bacon fat, maple, salted pomegranate, raspberry, graphite, red dirt, mulberry and pink peppercorn. Like the Hokusai wave, this crashes and courses with flavours and textures, ebbing and flowing on the palate. This is balanced, restrained, long, powerful and most importantly, shaped and structured by supple, chewy tannins. They hold the fruit in the cups of their hands and usher it through a very long finish. A weightlessly poetic wine. 98 pts - Exceptional

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, Feb 2021
Tremendous example of syrah from Frankland River. High-end aromatics that release after decanting. And it needed decanting because it is still such a tightly wound and tense wine, withholding its best for a few years. The juice runs by gravity to a large oak vat and two 600L barrels before gentle pressing to large format French oak of which only 8 per cent is new. It’s unfined and minimally filtered which really maximises the sense that this is a wine of the vineyard. Glorious wine that captures all that is good from this region. 98 pts

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, February 2021
Very deep, bright purple/red colour, with an alluring bouquet of smoked smallgoods, assorted spices, dark plum and a flick of black pepper. It's highly concentrated and essency, with pristine fruit clarity and a tremendously long carry. Red and black fruits carry through an almost endless finish. Great purity of shiraz fruit. A most impressive young shiraz, which should have a tremendous future. 96 pts

Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au, Feb 2021
The top flight wines from the top bit of the top Great Southern vineyard of Swinney. Rob Mann on the tools, Matt Swinney on the farm overseeing and the ever-thoughtful, skilled viticulture stuff is done by Lee Haselgrove. A potent force. A name that has soared in recent releases. I liked the ‘regular wines’ more than the Farvies last time round.

Succulent, supple syrah, slick with spice and savoury characters, slips over the palate with silky yet sinewy tannins, delivers serious concentration and a sense of seamlessness. Super stuff. It’s fragrant, medium weight, dark fruited, peppery-cinnamon spice laden, feels complex in the sense that lots is going on when you sip it. There’s great density yet freshness, shape and drive. A beautiful mouthful here. Potent now as something special, the future should unfurl this wine nicely too. Class all the way. 95 pts

Max Allen, The Australian Financial Review, March 21
When I tasted the first vintage releases of Swinney’s top red wines under the Farvie label, the 2018s, I was most impressed with the grenache. In 2019, as good as the grenache is, it’s the syrah that steals the show. An arresting wine from the first sniff: glorious ripe black fruit, but restrained and enticing rather than showy. Then lovely, satisfying density of ripe fruit on the tongue, too, but held together by long, seamless tannins. Really stylish wine.

Jeremy Oliver, www.jeremyoliver.com
Wild and heady, deeply scented with violets, blackberries, blueberries, dark plums and smoked meats with undertones of vanilla, spice and oregano, it’s medium to fullish in weight, deeply layered and textural. A savoury palate of dark fruits, gentle cedar/chocolate oak steadily unfolds as it extends long and seamlessly over a fine, drying extract of powdery tannins. Not as emphatic as the 2018 release; it’s instead more supple and subtle. 96 pts

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
Harvest Date
27th March 2019
10+ years
Bottling Date
March 2020
Residual Sugar
0.2 g/l
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked from a single parcel of 22-year old Syrah vines on our Frankland River vineyard, berry sorted and gravity fed to a French oak vat (1600 litres) and two demi-muids. We incorporated 54% whole bunches followed by wild fermentation to build structure and texture while promoting the bright and spicy aromatics. The wine spent 11 days on skins prior to basket pressing directly to fine grained, large format, French oak (8% new), followed by ageing for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, it is unfined and minimally filtered.
176 cases