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2022 Swinney Syrah

2022 Swinney Syrah

Ray Jordan, www.winepilot.com, August 2023
"This is part of a triumvirate of wines that showcases the vineyard and winemaking that have crafted these super wines. This is not your fruit bomb Aussie shiraz. This is syrah and there is more than a little Old World style here. The fruit shows an almost luminosity that bursts from the glass. The palate picks up the vineyard characters with its ironstone gravelly rusty characters complementing the bright red fruits. You sense vineyard here with a deft touch of the winemaker simply coaxing a little more out of it." 96/100

Erin Larkin, www.robertparker.com, January 2024
"The 2022 Syrah brings together a beautiful confluence of a lovely vineyard and a great season. Aromatically, we see sweet balsamic, blackberry, licorlce, forest fruits, tea, steel, iodine and alplne herbs. This is a super wine, and I haven't even tasted it yet. On the palate, the wine is fresh and powerful. The tannins are pronounced but chewy and enlivening, with blood orange, saffron, a hint of sandalwood and blackberry. This is a really wonderful wine here, with the classic Frankland River splay of ferruginous tannin, rust and blood. It's super. Decant it; it will only get better, more svelte. 13. 9% alcohol, sealed under screw cap." 95/100

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SKU: 2022SWSyrah
Wine Specs
Frankland River
Harvest Date
30th March 2022
Bottling Date
March 2023
Residual Sugar
0.9 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Inky crimson purple colour. Dark spice and brooding intensity with mulberry, Chinese five spice, and squid ink. Medium to full-bodied with saturated blueberry, satsuma plum, and black pepper. Incredibly youthful and expressive with layers of flavour and texture underpinned by a fleshy mouthcoating tannin structure carrying the fruit and spice into an enduring finish.
Vineyard Notes
Dry-grown, vertically trellised Syrah with small parcels of fruit hand-picked from specific sites on our Swinney Wilson’s Pool & Powderbark vineyards. The incorporation of mature Massale Selection Syrah blocks and newer 470 and Waldron clonal material, with their different growth habits and bunch structures, along with the use of shadecloth on the afternoon sun side of the vines, helps build layers and structural complexity in the fruit.
Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked, berry sorted, and emptied to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity. We incorporated 28% whole bunches and wild fermentation to build structure and texture and provide the framework on which to express the opulence and spice of Syrah. The wine spent 12 days on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained, large format, French oak (7% new), followed by ageing for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered.
Other Notes
100% Syrah