38% Mourvèdre, 37% Syrah, 25% Grenache. Grenache has taken the early plaudits, yet the Swinney team are equally enthusiastic about their Mourvèdre. Like the Grenache, these are planted as bush vines. Harvested in a single pick and then co-fermented. Mann used 65% whole bunches to build perfume and structure. The ferments spent up to two weeks on skins before being pressed directly to fine-grained large format French oak (only 9% new).
Taking nothing away from the Grenache and Syrah, Mann highlights this blend as his favorite Swinney red, as for him it’s the estate’s most vineyard-driven expression of time and place. Again, it’s very perfumed with violet and dark cherry notes, but there’s also a more inky, bloody edge to the fruit. In the mouth the wine is more generous than the straight Grenache but also more savoury. The Mourvèdre brings power, tannins and peppery, ferrous and dark spice notes. An exceptional wine.