Review Score 96Huon Hook 95The Wine Front 95
Frankland River

2021 Swinney Syrah

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Ken Gargett, www.winepilot.com, October 22 - "No doubt the Rhone keeps a close eye on what goes on over here, especially in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. Now, they better start paying serious attention to these guys, although if they do, they might be more than a bit worried by what they see. Such a good range of wines here, and this isn't even the pointy end stuff! Swinney might just be the most exciting winery to emerge in Australia over the last few years. This hails from specific sites in their Powderbark and Wilson's Pool vineyards. The fruit is berry sorted and then to a mix of wooden and stainless steel fermenters by gravity. 22% whole bunches are included. Wild fermentation and then twelve days on skins before pressing direct to fine-grained large format French oak, of which 12% was new. 11 months maturation.Deep blood red and maroon in colour, we have notes of black fruits, chocolate, animal hides, earth, leather, spices, cloves and florals. A supple texture and there is immaculate balance at every turn. Fine satiny tannins. Bright acidity runs the full journey and helps to drive the palate. There is very good length. A decade or more ahead, though a cracker now. This, and other wines in this range, are really putting pressure on their big guns (the Farvie range). The score will surely go higher if you have patience." 96 pts Read more
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96 POINTS
Ken Gargett - WinePilot.com

Ken Gargett, www.winepilot.com, October 22 - "No doubt the Rhone keeps a close eye on what goes on over here, especially in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. Now, they better start paying serious attention to these guys, although if they do, they might be more than a bit worried by what they see. Such a good range of wines here, and this isn't even the pointy end stuff! Swinney might just be the most exciting winery to emerge in Australia over the last few years. This hails from specific sites in their Powderbark and Wilson's Pool vineyards. The fruit is berry sorted and then to a mix of wooden and stainless steel fermenters by gravity. 22% whole bunches are included. Wild fermentation and then twelve days on skins before pressing direct to fine-grained large format French oak, of which 12% was new. 11 months maturation.Deep blood red and maroon in colour, we have notes of black fruits, chocolate, animal hides, earth, leather, spices, cloves and florals. A supple texture and there is immaculate balance at every turn. Fine satiny tannins. Bright acidity runs the full journey and helps to drive the palate. There is very good length. A decade or more ahead, though a cracker now. This, and other wines in this range, are really putting pressure on their big guns (the Farvie range). The score will surely go higher if you have patience." 96 pts

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95 POINTS
Huon Hooke

Huon Hooke, www.therealreview.com, October 22 - "Deep red-purple with a meaty reductive note overlying spices and black cherry to blueberry aromas, the palate supple and smoothly fleshy, medium to full bodied and elegantly styled, very approachable now and with good potential for aging. This is a ripping shiraz, nearly as good as the 2020 Farvie." 95 pts

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95 POINTS
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, October 22 - "This is a brilliant release. The length of the finish and the extensive curl of tannin matched to bright, pretty fruit, lots of bass and lots of treble pushes it straight into elite territory. One sip and I was hooked. Blue, black and red berried fruit, a little red liquorice, lots of cloves and assorted spices. It's exotic, it's lively, it's deep and it's long. This is a river you want to step into." 95 pts

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Tasting Notes

Deep and penetrating purple. The nose is engaging, vibrant and energetic with blueberry, black pepper, aniseed and asphalt. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with great clarity of fruit. Mulberry, plum skins and cherries are complemented by emery fine tannins. Fresh, long and rewarding the palate has layers of flavour and complexity.

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Winemakers Note

The fruit was hand-picked, berry sorted, and emptied to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity. We incorporated 22% 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 (12% new) followed by ageing for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered.

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Delivery Details

Marketplace Product: Dispatch from Sydney warehouse in approximately 8 business days. Vintages for Marketplace items are subject to change, and we cannot guarantee the specific vintage you ordered will be delivered. Generally, the latest available vintage will be delivered to you.


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