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2022 Swinney Mourvèdre

2022 Swinney Mourvèdre

Ray Jordan, www.winepilot.com, August 2023
"This is a variety that is finding a safe, comfortable home in Frankland River. Lovely perfumed red fruits on the nose displaying a slightly earthy, dusty raspberry and light plummy character. The palate is soft and supple. It’s medium weight with a fine chalky ironstone thing treading through the palate. The cradle of tannins and fine oak, together with natural fruit energy holds a focused long finish." 95/100

Erin Larkin, www.robertparker.com, January 2024
"I'm such a big fan of this wine. As a variety, Mourvèdre can be a bit of a fickle beast in that it leans easily and readily into big, fleshy, earthy, purple fruited characters. It has the propensity for bolshiness. Yet in Frankland River and in the hands of Rob Mann at Swinney, Mourvèdre feels bright, exciting, fleshy, bloody, mineral, fine ... all the good things. Frankland is just so well suited to the variety, in my opinion. So, to the wine, this 2022 Mourvèdre leads with pink peppercorns, salted licorice, fresh blood and black pudding, mulberry, freshly turned earth and sea salt. The wine is mineral and almost steely, far finer and brighter even than the nose would suggest. This is a really exciting wine here. 14% alcohol, sealed under screw cap."  94/100

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
Harvest Date
7th April 2022
Bottling Date
March 2023
Residual Sugar
0.9 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep Magenta withy purple hues. Wild fruits with an intoxicating mix of pomegranate, strawberries, and satsuma plums mixed with some white pepper and cassia bark. Medium to full-bodied with lashings of red and blue fruits. Sizzling venison and Chinese five-spice complexity, finishing with a chalky, savoury, and finely detailed tannin structure  
Vineyard Notes
Mourvèdre from dry-grown bush vines on the rich gravelly-loam soils of our Swinney Wilson’s Pool vineyard. Careful canopy management, fruit thinning and selective hand harvesting over multiple passes, all ensure we achieve as close to perfect fruit as possible.
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked on two separate days as flavour and tannin maturity was optimum. Each day’s harvest was berry sorted and emptied to a single stainless steel fermenter via gravity. We incorporated 20% whole bunches and wild fermentation to build structure and texture as well as highlight the distinctive ferrous qualities, fine structure and wild spice of Mourvèdre. The wine spent 11 days on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained, large format, seasoned French oak. It was aged on lees and bottled after 11 months in barrel. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered.
Other Notes
90% Mourvedre, 6% Syrah, 4% Grenache