Region: Frankland River, WA
Grape: 90% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre 3% Syrah
First Glance: Vibrant cherry fruit, minerality, earth, beef's blood, floral
Acclaim: 96 points
The Swinney family have firmly established themselves as a grape-growing-institution in the Frankland River region. But while the Swinneys grow grapes for a number of prolific producers, their own wines from the family estate, are of incredible quality, and easily go toe-to-toe with the wines of their top clients – the likes of Penfolds and Hardy’s.
With Matt Swinney currently at the helm, the estate was recently recognised with the Young Gun of Wine’s ‘Australian Vineyard of the Year’ award, a testament to the team’s impressive attention to detail, knowledge of their land, and mind for sustainability.
Matt Swinney was one of the first to take Grenache seriously in WA, and planted bush vine Grenache in the late 1990's, a foresight we can appreciate with the recent run of spectacular Grenache releases from this address. The Grenache here is always highly aromatic, lifted and so pretty, with plenty of savoury, spicy and exotic elements to keep you diving back in. Made with about 25% whole bunch component, and fermented with only wild yeasts, the wine spends two weeks on skins, before it is aged for 11 months in large format oak - none of which is new this year, to preserve maximum freshness of fruit. Job well done, we say.
96 points, Erin Larkin, The Wine Adovocate
I love the clarity and the bloodiness of the wine in this vintage. The tannins are infused throughout the fruit in this 2021 Grenache. Matured in large format neutral oak (3,500 liter), it is kept on lees the whole time. It has concentration, tension and pliability—ductile or something—there’s cherry, pomegranate, blood, ironstone, gravel, minerals and spice. This is an awesome wine from an awesome site. There were 25% whole bunches in the ferment, and it is 90% Grenache, with some Mourvèdre and Syrah.