Swinney Syrah 2020


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The Wine

Deep and penetrating purple. Intense aromatic spice with blueberries, coal dust and a hint of wildness. Medium to full bodied, bright and expressive with satsuma plums, schezuan pepper and couverture. Inky and opulent with fine bony tannins supporting the fruit to a long finish.

Dry-grown, vertically trellised Syrah with small parcels of fruit hand-picked from specific sites on our Swinney Wilson’s Pool and Powderbark vineyards, including parcels from mature Massale Selection Syrah, 470 and Waldron clonal material. Shadecloth on the afternoon side of the vines builds structural complexity in the fruit.

Handpicked, berry sorted and emptied to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity. We incorporated 31% whole bunches and wild fermentation to build structure and texture and provide the framework on which to express the opulence and spice of Syrah. The wine spent two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained, large format French oak (13% new) and was aged for 11 months prior to bottling.

100% Syrah

The Review

From the fantastically farmed Swinney vineyard, syrah goes to older (mostly) larger format oak. Swinney for the winney.

Quite inky and dense, inward concentration in spades, blackcurrants, boot polish, charry woody spice, silty tannins and saline minerally detail going on. Firm texture in a way but lots of bouncy, bright fruit in that mix – tannins ripple glossy yet taut in the wine. Fresh but deep, dark, brooding too. Black olive, green herbs, the idea of how red earth tastes in this wine too. Serious red, seriously good.

94Pts, Mike Bennie, Winefront