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.
Swinney’s 2019 Farvie Grenache is a remarkable and unique expression of Grenache that tops the much-heralded 2018 release. There is so much finesse, restraint and purity on offer here, as well as a tight, savoury structure that is built for the long haul. For lovers of savoury reds, it is already seductive… and great. Distributor notes.
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
The Farvie Grenache is cropped from vines planted in 2004, in deep gravelly ironstone over clay sub-soils on the Estate’s upper northeast-facing hillside crest. Each of these vines is picked over multiple passes, with only the very best bunches from each vine – those that are perfectly ripe – set aside for Farvie.
The bunches for the 2019 were further sorted in the winery, then gravity-fed to a 1600-litre French oak vat and two upright demi-muids for natural fermentation, incorporating 20% whole bunches. 12% Mourvèdre was included in the ferment. The wine spent 10 days on skins prior to basket-pressing directly to fine-grained, large format, seasoned French oak for 11 months maturation on gross lees. Made with minimum effective sulphites and bottled unfined.