Swinney Riesling 2021


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The Wine

Striking pale straw with green hues. Lime sherbert, ginger, Jonathan apples and a distinctive regional bath salts perfume. The palate is vibrant, cool and intense with pithy citrus, lychee and honeysuckle blossom. A fine spine of fresh, pillowy acidity drives the flavours and texture to a long, briny and refreshing finish.

The fruit was hand-picked from block C and D of our Powderbark vineyard in Frankland River with careful attention to eliminate any bunches with excessive sun exposure. The fruit was whole bunch pressed, lightly settled and then naturally fermented in stainless steel tanks to achieve a vibrant and expressive reflection of the purity of Frankland River Riesling. Following fermentation the wine rested on its lees to both preserve freshness and build texture prior to bottling.


The Review

A whole bunch pressed riesling with time on lees. It’s from the excellent Powderbark vineyard of Swinney. When I see the name Swinney a Victorian era detective comes to mind.

Pretty perfume of jasmine, lemon-lime Splice ice blocks, lemon sorbet, almond, fresh milk, struck flint. Lovely start. Soft in the palate but with a very, very racy core of limey, zesty acidity, so very refreshing in feel with tension and precision on hand. It belts through the palate, a whip crack of zingy tang and sorbet-like mouth-watering pucker. Great regional character, good detail, bright and oh so vibrant. Acid hounds line up!

93Pts, Mike Bennie, Winefront