Region: Frankland River, WA
First Glance: Vibrant green apple. jasmine blossom, juicy acidity
Acclaim: 94 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.
A fine Frankland Riesling, made with restraint and complexity in mind. As with some other varieties here, a shade cloth is applied to the most exposed part of the vines, to limit direct sunlight on fruit bunches, which allows the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly, and develop phenolic maturity in pace with sugar ripeness, whilst maintaining the all important, life-giving acidity. Made in tank with natural yeasts and a high amount of solids such as skins and lees, this is a characterful wine with presence and drive.
94 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
The colour is pale, the bouquet intense and bright in flowery aromas without yeastiness, hints of frangipani, star jasmine and apple turnover, the palate likewise super-intense and nicely dry, with seamless acidity and a long carry. Lovely now, and great potential for ageing.