Of all the wines that Swinney produces, the Mourvedre Syrah Grenache blend is the hardest to sell. Rob Mann’s favourite wine in the range, and its easy to see why. It would be a mistake to think that it takes a little of the Syrah and a little of the Grenache, mix in the Mourvedre and you have the finished wine. Distinctly individual with Lavender, black fruits, smoky camphor, clove and blueberry. The fruit seems a little sweeter to me and the savoury elements bring brilliant textural complexity, definition and structure. The tannin profile is perhaps the most complex in the range, corseted, and yet loosely threaded. Exceptional style, dazzlingly complex, poised, lithe, buoyant and sensual. We only wish we had more. Can this blend be bettered by anyone else? We are yet to see it. Waters Wine Co.
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.