2018 Swinney Syrah Mourvedre Grenache
The fruit was hand-picked from our Frankland River vineyard in separate lots as flavour and tannin maturity was optimum and each lot sorted by hand and crushed into small open top fermenters. We incorporated 15% whole bunches and wild fermentation to build structure and texture as well as highlight the distinctive personalities of the fruit from each parcel. The wines spent up to two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained large format French oak (25% new), as separate lots, which were blended and bottled after 11 months in barrel. The wine was made with minimum effective sulphites, was not fined and only minimally filtered.
Jeremy Oliver, www.jeremyoliver.com, Aug 2019
Savoury and artfully balanced; deep, inky and sour-edged cassis, cranberries and blueberries, cedary oak and fine, slatey tannins. 94 pts
Huon Hooke, www.therealreview.com, Aug 2019
Deep, bright red/purple colour. Strong pepper and dry Eastern spice aromas, the red and darker fruit aromas beneath. The wine is medium to full-bodied and intense, with firm upright structure and a lovely core of sweet fruit. Abundant tightly-bunched, finely-textured tannins linger well, in harmony with the flavour. 95 pts