Swinney’s 2019 Syrah is a superb, perfectly ripe yet vibrant wine, with pure and fleshy plum and grenadine fruit as well as lots and lots of garrigue-like, Mediterranean herb notes. Outstanding.
Hand-harvested from five small parcels planted to a range of clones. Unlike the Grenache and Mourvèdre, the Syrah is trellised (although there are plans afoot to plant single-stake Syrah in the future). Hand-harvested and sorted, then sent to small wooden and stainless steel fermenters via gravity. Naturally fermented with 18% whole bunches, the wine spent two weeks on skins prior to being pressed directly to fine-grained large format French oak (19% new). The wine was then bottled unfined and minimally filtered after 11 months in barrel.