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2018 Swinney Syrah Mourvedre Grenache

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.

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SKU: 2018SWSMG
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Grenache
Appellation
Frankland River
Harvest Date
19th, 23rd, 29th March & 5th April 2018
Acid
5.9
pH
3.57
Aging
5-7 years
Bottling Date
March 2019
Residual Sugar
0.6 g/l
Alcohol %
14.0
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep garnet with purple hues, dark and inviting with fresh blueberry and satsuma plums, couverture, slight white pepper and coal dust. A plush and velvety structure supports the distinct blueberry fruit aromas. Lavish, polished tannins provide an excellent backbone to the lively and expressive fruit characters. The wine is medium to full-bodied with a rich texture balanced by a savoury, dry and mouth-watering finish.
Ratings
96/100 Ray Jordan; 95/100 Huon Hooke; 94/100 Jeremy Oliver
Production Notes
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.
Other Notes
43% Syrah, 38% Mourvedre, 19% Grenache

Reviews

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

Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com, October 2019
SMG blend from Frankland River with Rob Mann at the winemaking helm. Convincing. It’s tempting to describe this as savoury but it’s better to say that it’s not-sweet. It tastes of asphalt and dried herbs, earth and an assortment of berries, cedary oak and minor reduction adding yet more breadth It’s firm, bold, neat and more. 94 pts

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, October 2019
What a suberb example of this blend and style we have here. Perfumed aromas with hints of rose petal, raspberry and savoury plum. There's a dry earthiness on the palate, which balances the sweeter fruits of these three varieties. Understated oak lets the fruit do its  thing. A belter.  96 pts

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com, October 2019
Very deep purplish mulberry. Sumptuous nose and the fruit disguises the tannin in this. I'd love to show some Bandol growers this! So clean yet very seductive, with masses of ripe fruit. Creamy texture. Pretty smart! 17/20