Frankland River had a great vintage in 2019 and Swinny has cashed in big time, 2019 their best release to date. Expressive, complex and sensual with ferrous notes, geranium, smoked meats, black fruits and cumin. Tight, tense and spicy, with a fascinating structure. Round and voulumious, but focused by muscled tannins and abundant acidity. Black fruits, plum, thyme, baked capsicum, and soy. Incredible complexity and energy and one of the best value reds in Australia. Fine, fine wine, with an irresistible price tag. Waters Wine Co.
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.