Grenache can mean almost anything in Australia, such is the plethora of styles and the interpretation of wine producers. Tannins however are hard to come by, with most of the better examples looking to Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir for inspiration. The 2019 Swinney Farvie Grenache, like everything from Swinney is uniquely styled, but with a definite nod to the traditional producers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Very complex aromas of dried flowers, raspberry, plum, blood orange and soy. Athletic and lithe, with incredible energy and power. Silken texture, with a velvet finish, the acidity and tannin coiled together and is present all the way through the wine. Flavours are threaded, falling in and away, every sip, delivering another experience and combination. Remarkable tannin presence that is sinewing, firm and sleek, and I love that they are so prominent. It takes gut and resolve to make a Grenache so formidable. There is no loss of drinkability or elegance and it’s this combination of effortless power, complexity and sheer deliciousness that mark this is as Australia’s greatest Grenache. Waters Wine Co.
What a follow-up to the remarkable 2018 debut. The high perfumed notes strike immediately and almost define what is to follow. It’s a very pretty wine with more seductive perfumed notes than the 2018, most likely a result of the slightly cooler vintage. There is about 12 per cent Mourvèdre in the blend and all the fruit comes off the Swinney bush vines. Only large-format seasoned oak has been used. A striking wine of refinement and power that delivers with an effortless deft touch. This is a modern grenache with a distinctive Frankland stamp. 98 points, Ray Jordan, The West Australian
88/12% grenache/mourvèdre. Hand-picked fruit from an established block of bush vines. 8% of grenache was whole bunches, the rest whole berries sorted and gravity-fed to a single large French oak vat (1600L). Wild ferment. 10 days on skins prior to basket pressing direct to seasoned French oak for 11 months. Harvested 8/4/2019, pH 3.55, TA 5.1, RS 0.3g/L, 176 cases produced. What sets hearts on fire the world over for Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the muscular, ferrous, salty raspberry humbug and minerally hutzpah. It sets the high-tide mark for grenache. We grenache drinkers yearn for it. And here it is. The strength of Frankland River is its ability to marry sweet (glossy) red fruit to savoury, gravelly earth. The 2018 was a staggering showpiece, this is more restrained, cooler and finer, yet equally long. Choose your weapon. 98 Points – Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2022