Swinney Grenache 2020


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The Wine

Deep lively crimson. Bright, brambly and perfumed with musk sticks, Mr Lincoln rose, red liquorice and violets. The palate is grapey, fresh and pithy with pomegranate, red cherry and rusty nails. Full flavoured yet light on its feet, the intense fruit is complimented by suede like tannins that frame the fruit beautifully.

Fruit is hand-picked from dry-grown, established bush vines on our Swinney Wilson’s Pool vineyard. Each vine is picked over three passes with less than perfect fruit declassified.

The fruit was hand-picked, berry sorted and emptied to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity. We incorporated 41% whole bunches and wild fermentation to build structure and texture and provide the framework on which to express the distinctive aromatics and flavours of Grenache. The wine spent two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained, large format, seasoned French oak, and was aged for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, it is unfined and minimally filtered.

86% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah


The Review

One of Australia’s finest versions of the variety born of excellent farming and a unique place. Quite the vision to jam the variety in the ground in the somewhat unlikely place of Great Southern, but hey, there you go.

It takes on earthy, savouriness with aplomb, amongst that sour plum, black cherry juice, blood orange and iodine/graphite mineral qualities. Tannins start soft and build to an authority, a trim, succulent, medium weight wine in total cruise control with all elements balanced and a general sense of deliciousness in tow. That texture is superb. Moreish, gulpable but serious red wine. It’s fragrant, flavoursome, complex, interesting and down right awesome to sip on. You feel the goodness at hello. An inkier expression but righteous.

95Pts, Mike Bennie, Winefront