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2022 Swinney 'Farvie' Mourvedre

2022 Swinney 'Farvie' Mourvedre

The 2022 Farvie Wines are available on allocation.

Ray Jordan, www.rayjordan.com.au, February 2024
"This is the second vintage of the Farvie Mourvedre and takes the excellent ’21 up a notch. It has a dry, savoury and slightly ferruginous rusty nail character offsetting the sweet floral notes on the nose. The palate is a superb interpretation of the variety in these Frankland soils. There is a slightly greater volume of fruit than ’21, bit it retains the same Old-World charm and expression. Chalky tannins and balanced use of oak. Tasted this about 4 months apart and already the shy middle palate I first saw has started to unfurl. Energy and vibrancy set this apart. A worthy addition to the Farvie triumvirate."  98 points

Matthew Jukes, www.matthewjukes.com, May 23
"Having fallen head over heels with this wine in the 2021 vintage, my stomach was in knots when I approached the 2022 in Perth. Would ‘second album syndrome’ strike? Not a chance. This wine’s fanfare is all-encompassing, with an epic nose that is striking, fruit-packed and sophisticated. There are abundant rose petals, plum and red cherry notes, and sensual waves of florality and bounteous juiciness are countered by intense, brittle minerality. The acid line scours the palate with masochistic striations that form the tramlines on which this wine delivers its message with tireless accuracy. And then you notice that something is missing. Unlike virtually every other mesmeric Mourvèdre on earth, oak is seemingly missing. Of course, this is an illusion because behind every cache of flavour molecules sits a silent oak nuance, hidden from view but doing the covert task of adding grandeur and detail without craving any credit. This is another jaw-dropping wine, and it stands a chance of running a longer race than the 2021, too, so be sure to secure your stock."  19.5+/20 

Cassandra Charlick, Decanter, November 2023
"The second iteration of this wine (tasted pre-release), which is quickly rising to icon status in Swinney’s portfolio. Tiny production from bushvines, the fruit is harvested in three passes wild fermented in whole bunches and matured in old oak. Currently tightly wound and holding its cards close to its chest, its starry journey ahead is clear. Vibrant, densely knit dark black plum aromas with a jewel-like clarity, along with violets, star anise, eucalypt, heady ferrous notes and crushed earth. Tannins might be tight and bunched up in their youth, but they are chalky and fine in structure, and the long line of delicate acidity helps deliver waves of flavour long after the last sip. Complex, vivacious and nuanced; a new Mourvèdre benchmark has been set."  98/100

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
10+ years
Bottling Date
March 2023
Residual Sugar
0.5 g/l
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine is deep crimson with purple hues. On the nose there are hints of fresh porcini, blackberries, summer thunderstorm, cold steel, cinnamon and white pepper. The palate is truly captivating, combining youthful and finely detailed fruit complexity with slightly wild, earthy and rusty structural elements, true to the varietal integrity, while articulating the personality of the site. Effortless, lingering and satisfying..
Vineyard Notes
This fruit is from dry-grown bush vine Mourvèdre from a small selection, based on soil type, of our Swinney Wilson’s Pool vineyard. This section of the vineyard has leaner top soils with a higher percentage of lateritic gravel. Fruit-thinning and selective hand harvesting over multiple passes ensured we achieved as close to perfect fruit as possible.
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked, berry-sorted and gravity-fed to a French oak vat. We incorporated 66% 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 and was then pressed directly to fine grained, large format, seasoned French oak, and aged for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered.