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2019 Swinney Grenache

2019 Swinney Grenache


2018 reviews below... 

Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com, October 2019

Top 3 grenache in Aus for me, or something like that. Maybe best on a day. So perfume, pretty, floral, just ripe red berry fruitiness, undergrowth and herbal notes too. The tannins. Wow. The tannins. Incredible ribs and puckering chew, but slender, fine, woven through pretty but inky, dark, anise-kissed berry fruitiness and an almost nutty-earthy undercurrent. Mineral, almost ferrous character here. Superb wine of shape, detail, deliciousness and stellar tannin. 96 pts

Max Allen, Gourment Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep 2019
When I tasted them in Frankland River earlier this year, I was blown away by the 2018 reds made by well-known WA grape-treader Rob Mann in his first vintage working with Swinney. All the wines are well worth hunting down, but I was particularly impressed with this: quite different to grenache from other parts of Australia, it has seductive aromas of vermouth, herbs and cinnamon, rich dark fruit, tannic depth and spicy length. Great wine. 

Huon Hooke, www.therealreview.com, Aug 2019
Medium to deep, bright red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is very fresh and vibrant, medium-bodied and intense, the tannins refined and harmonious, and there is no obvious oak character. Red berry and cherry flavours tinged with spices and graphite. A delicious modern style red wine which is up-front and very approachable already, but has the backbone to handle food and will also age well. 95 pts


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SKU: 2019SWGrenache
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.
New Release (September 1) - Not yet reviewed
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