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2020 Swinney 'Franklands' Cabernet Syrah

2020 Swinney 'Franklands' Cabernet Syrah

Ray Jordan, WA Wine Review 2023, November 22
"Beautiful aromas of ferrous blackcurrant with a touch of oyster shell ironstone character. Comes from four rows of cabernet at the top of the gravel hill using shade cloth, vertical shoot positioning and one bunch per shoot. Then did the same with syrah. This is the only wine that Swinney do that is blended in the winery. Whole berry fermentation in 600-litre oak fermenters and then combined once all has been pressed and aged for 14 months. No new oak has been used. The tannin kicks in at the end. Cabernet dominated but the blue fruits and spice of the syrah adds freshness" 98 pts

Paul Edwards, The West Australian, October 22
"Jumps out the glass, but not a fruit-bomb. Perfumed dried herbs, bramble fruit, cedary oak and blackcurrant leaf. Impeccably balanced. The taste is wonderful, but the mouthfeel is king. Luxurious and plush, without being ostentatious. Flavours of bay leaf, toasted oak, cassis, rose petal and graphite roll over the tongue for minutes. A surprise package and beautifully crafted." 96 pts

Huon Hooke, www.therealreview.com, October 22
"Good depth of red-purple colour leads into a bold bouquet which reveals both varieties but neither dominant. There is cassis as well as meaty/earthy and spicy aromas, all of which translate to the palate which is intense and firm, taut and assertive, with abundant firm tannins which are nicely balanced and approachable, although it will undoubtedly age superbly. The finish is very long and the flavour is beautifully combined with firm and persistent tannins that are ripe and pleasantly mouth-coating. A very stylish blend. (65% cabernet, 35% syrah. A small production wine to celebrate 100 years of the Swinney family at 'Franklands', 1922-2022)."  95 pts

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
Harvest Date
26th February (Syrah) & 24th March 2020
Bottling Date
August 2021
Residual Sugar
0.9 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep vibrant magenta with purple hues. Wonderfully complex and harmonious aromas of coal dust, crème de cassis, couverture, cloves and star anise. Bright blackberries, satsuma plums and squid ink complement a medium to full bodied palate with fine briny structure and a plush velvet like texture. Long and satisfying and an appropriate tribute to 100 years of farming at Franklands that should reward cellaring for at least the next quarter of a century.
98pts Ray Jordan, 96pts Paul Edwards, 95pts Huon Hooke
Vineyard Notes
This fruit was dry grown, vertically trellised Syrah from our Swinney Powderbark block B2 and Cabernet Sauvignon from Swinney Wilson’s Pool block 401. Only a sub section of soil in both blocks was farmed and selected for this unique wine. The use of shadecloth on the afternoon sun side of the vines and rigorous shoot positioning and bunch selection further refine the unique expression so critical to the personality of this fruit.
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked, berry sorted and gravity fed to two separate demi muids. We incorporated 8% whole bunches in the Syrah and both varietals were wild fermented. The wines both spent 11 days on skins prior to pressing directly to three seasoned French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The two components were blended together post MLF and filled to a single, four-year-old, 600 L demi muid for maturation. The wine spent a total of 16 months in oak prior to bottling The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered.
Other Notes
64% Cabernet 36% Syrah