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2019 Swinney Grenache

2019 Swinney Grenache

Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com, September 2020
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

The West Australian Good Food Guide 2021
A magnificent example of the variety here. Cherry pip, fine tannin, sleek and svelte and chalky. Perfumed and pretty, set to medium weight with exceptional length. There’s a sense of savouriness and purity hand-in-hand. Oh, those tannins. Such an exceptional wine here. Beautiful.

Jeremy Oliver, www.jeremyoliver.com, Sep 20
Stylish and reserved, then impactful and expressive, this utterly drinkable and keep-able grenache marries Old World charm and complexity with New World polish and brightness. Heady scents of red and blue flowers, white pepper and exotic spices, blueberries, cranberries and redcurrants become steadily more perfumed with aeration. Wound tightly around a crunchy spine of drying fine tannins, it’s medium to fullish in weight, luscious and juicy but elegant and shapely, with pristine berry/plum flavours and smoky charcuterie undertones moving long and gracefully towards a refreshing finish of vibrant acidity. A must-have for the modern grenache aficionado. 94 pts

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
Harvest Date
8th April 2019
Bottling Date
March 2019
Residual Sugar
0.2 g/l
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Bright deep and complex with fresh cranberry, brambly fruit, light spice, red licorice and musk sticks. This wine is classically medium bodied with lovely clarity. Maraschino cherries, rhubarb and all spice compliment crunchy red berry fruits. Fine structural tannins provide a great definition to the long, intense and full-flavoured palate.
96+/100 Mike Bennie
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked from established bush vine Grenache on our Frankland River vineyard, berry sorted and emptied to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity. We incorporated 16% whole bunches and 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 two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained large format seasoned French oak, and was aged for 11 months before bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, it is unfined and minimally filtered.
Other Notes
87% Grenache, 14% Mourvedre