2020 Swinney Syrah

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This has impressive fragrant detail, with the whole draw of hard brown spices, mulberries, red plums and violets. Very pure, too. Medium body. The tannins are well aligned to draw a linear shape and carry really fresh, redder-toned plum and berry flavors with some darker fruit to close. Drink over the next six years.
James Suckling
The Brief
Alcohol
14.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2020
Cellar to
2035
Light Dark
Wine Scale 4
How's it taste?
It’s a striking Syrah where cracked black pepper, plum and dark berries meld seamlessly into a faint background of discreet and subtly handled oak. With a medley of black cherry, plums and spice, the silken textured palate combines power and finesse while sculpted, chalky tannins taper to an impressively long finish. It’s shaping up to be really outstanding and would not look out of place in a line-up of topflight Northern Rhônes.
How was it made?
Swinney’s 2020 Syrah was hand-harvested from a selection of parcels planted to a range of clones, including 470, Waldron clonal material and Jack Mann’s heritage massale selection of Syrah. Unlike the Grenache and Mourvèdre, the Syrah is trellised (although there are plans afoot to plant single-stake Syrah in the future). In the winery, the berries were sorted and emptied to small wooden and stainless-steel fermenters via gravity. A barely noticeable 31% whole-bunch component was integrated to build structure. The 2020 spent two weeks on skins before being pressed directly to fine grained, 600-litre demi-muids (13% new) for 11 months.
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93 Points
James Suckling
This has impressive fragrant detail, with the whole draw of hard brown spices, mulberries, red plums and violets. Very pure, too. Medium body. The tannins are well aligned to draw a linear shape and carry really fresh, redder-toned plum and berry flavors with some darker fruit to close. Drink over the next six years.
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Expert Review
93 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Very deep, dense, glass-staining purple colour. The bouquet is very fresh and youthful, bright and bold, redolent of spices, cherry and plum aromas, the palate somewhat raw and unsettled but certainly intense and laden with fruit, backed up by liberal tannins—firm but not astringent—contributing to a long lasting finish. This could well surprise given more time.
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