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2019 Swinney Mourvedre Syrah Grenache

2019 Swinney Mourvedre Syrah Grenache

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, Sep 20

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


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Wine Specs
Syrah Mourvedre Grenache
Frankland River
Harvest Date
27th March & 8th April 2019
Bottling Date
March 2020
Residual Sugar
0.5 g/l
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Complex and intriguing with an aromatic lift of blue and black fruits underscored by white pepper, violets, Turkish delight and an earthy richness of fresh tilled soil. Soft, full and textural, this wine has a distinct umami character with a fine structured palate of great length. The spice and intensity of Mourvèdre dominates with pomegranate molasses and sappy, rusty tannins, providing the framework for a long and deliciously more-ish finish.
95/100 Gary Walsh
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked from our Frankland River vineyard in separate lots as flavour and tannin maturity was optimum. Each lot was berry sorted and emptied to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity to co-ferment together. We incorporated 65% whole bunches and wild fermentation to build structure and texture as well as highlight the distinctive personalities of the fruit from each parcel. The wines spent up to two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained large format French oak (9% new) as separate lots which were blended and bottled after 11 months in barrel. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, it is unfined and minimally filtered.
Other Notes
38% Mourvedre, 37% Syrah, 25% Grenache