Swinney Mouvedre Syrah Grenache 2020


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The Wine

Deep vibrant magenta with purple hues Alive and engaging with brick dust, wet concrete, black cherry, paprika and strawberry cream lollies. Medium to full bodied with incredible intensity, texture and length. Szechuan pepper, summer pudding, seductive creamy texture complimenting suede like tannins and a characteristic rusty nail finish.

Mourvedre and Grenache from our dry-grown bush vine vineyard and vertically trellised Syrah, all share the rich gravelly-loam soils of our Swinney Wilson’s Pool vineyard. Careful canopy management, fruit thinning and selective hand harvesting over multiple passes, all ensure we achieve as close to perfect fruit as possible.

The fruit was hand-picked in separate lots as flavour and tannin maturity was optimum. Each lot was berry sorted and emptied to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity to co-ferment together. We incorporated 54% 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 (8% new) as separate lots which were blended, aged on lees, and bottled after 11 months in barrel. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, it is unfined and minimally filtered.

46% Mourvedre, 29% Syrah, 21% Grenache, 4% Mencia

The Review 

Around half is whole bunch, all of it is wild fermented, there’s a splash of mencia in the mix (would love to see a 2020 single variety mencia off this site!). It’s been a cracker in the past, here’s the new release.

Blackcurrant jelly, graphite, old leather, woody spice abound in perfume. Flavours roll a similar way, more blueberry than blackcurrant though, juiciness chiseled into by ribs of mineral-charged tannin, some sooty spice and tobacco characters lending savouriness. Medium weight, tannin-shaped, long, firm, dusty, savoury. Such a great drink here with charisma, texture, tension and energy in spades. Serious stuff!

94Pts, Mike Bennie, Winefront