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2022 Swinney 'Farvie' Syrah

2022 Swinney 'Farvie' Syrah

The 2022 Farvie Wines are available on allocation.

Matthew Jukes, www.matthewjukes.com, February 2024
"The colour alone stops you in your tracks because it is as near-black as possible, interwoven with ravishing midnight blue and sanguineous red tones. The nose seems to take its instruction from the colour, with a profoundly deep engine of malevolent, night-walker-style blackberry and black cherry tones, shot through with Swedish liquorice, fresh peaty soil and cracked black peppercorns. If Nosferatu, Voldemort, Moriarty and Sauron caught up on a day off, they would drink this wine. And given its freshness and purity, it wouldn’t leave them slow off the mark after their rendezvous because, for all of the awe-inspiring qualities in the glass, this is one of the most dynamic Syrahs on earth. Lividity and dynamism join forces to make this another remarkable declaration of the power and poise found in the great Frankland River terroir brought to the fore by inspirational winemaking." 19.5+/20

Ray Jordan, www.rayjordan.com.au, February 2024
"I think this has claims to be the finest Farvie Syrah yet in its relatedly short history. The colour is just brilliant and bright with a glowing purely crimson hue. Power, intensity and concentration delivered with such poise. Bright red fruits with floral dark cherry and a little black olive adds to its nuanced capture on the nose. The palate is sublime, almost perfect, in its structure, poise and delivery. The sweet natural fruits are balanced and aligned with the fine minerally, ironstone ferruginous characters. Continues to redefine the Australian varietal style." 99 points

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
10+ years
Bottling Date
March 2023
Residual Sugar
0.4 g/l
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Impenetrable purple in colour. On the nose, there is cinnamon, couverture, Satsuma plum, black pepper, charcoal and Turkish delight. The palate is tightly focused and intense with graphite, blueberry, iodine, ferrous & exotic spice. Great depth, intensity and optimism. Needs no explanation.
Vineyard Notes
This fruit is dry-grown, vertically-trellised Syrah from our Powderbark B2 and Wilson Pool 801 garden project vineyard sites. Only a sub-section of soil in both blocks is farmed for Farvie in a way that both nourishes and balances the fruit to optimum levels to allow dry farming. The use of shadecloth on the side of the vines that receives the afternoon sun, and rigorous shoot positioning and bunch selection, further refines the unique expression so critical to the personality of this fruit.
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked, berry-sorted and gravity-fed to a French oak vat and two demi-muids. We incorporated 65% whole bunches followed by wild fermentation to build structure and texture while promoting the bright and spicy aromatics. The wine spent 12 days on skins and was then pressed directly to fine grained, large format, seaoned French oak, and aged for 14 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered.