2018 Swinney Syrah
The fruit was hand-picked from 21-year old Syrah vines on our Frankland River vineyard, sorted by hand and crushed into small open top fermenters. We incorporated 5% 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 two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained large format French oak (40% new). It was aged for 14 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective sulphites, it was not fined and only minimally filtered.
Jeremy Oliver, www.jeremyoliver.com, Aug 2019
Medium to fullish in weight, earthy and Cornas-like; fiery, peppery and faintly leathery, with black and red berries, cedary oak, chilli and gravelly tannins finishing long, ferrous and savoury. 95 pts
Huon Hooke, www.therealreview.com, Aug 2019
Deep, bright red/purple colour with a sweet, ripe blueberry to blackberry aroma. Traces of ironstone. A superb array of spices and berry fruits, pepper among them. Great elegance and persistence; a very stylish modern Aussie shiraz which justifies the syrah name. 96 pts
Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com, October 2019
Syrah from Frankland River from one of the best grape growers in the area. Beautiful red. Composed, flush with berried fruit, peppery, ferrous, smoky and more simply delicious. It’s all set on tight strings of tannin but the succulence of the fruit keeps the momentum high. Peppercorn, plum, blueberry and florals; what a combination. Gorgeous. 95 pts