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    Swinney 'Farvie' Syrah 2018

    Swinney 'Farvie' Syrah 2018

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    $150.00
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    $150.00

    Nick Ryan, The Australian Financial Review, March 2020

    "This might just be the best shiraz I’ve seen out of Western Australia. It is a finely etched, tightly wound and mineral-laced wine that redefines the variety in the west. It substitutes the variety’s usual flesh and opulence for a more finely hewn shape, switching out heft for suppleness and sinewy grace without ever sacrificing power and drive. Black fruits, roasted spices, dark plums and a palpable sense of the ironstone that sits beneath the vineyard, this, like the grenache, is a masterclass in tension; a wine that requires you to come to it, rather than one that explodes from the bottle intent on seduction through sweet fruit."

    Region

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      10+ Years
    • Varieties

      Shiraz
    • Vintage

      2018
    • Alcohol Content

      14%
    • Closure

      Screwcap
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (3)

    Jancis Robinson

    17+ points | September 2019

    Made very similarly to the Farvie Grenache from the most promising, highest part of the vineyard from trellised, unirrigated fruit on gravel. Made solely from the fruit on the side of vines that gets the morning sun so retains maximum freshness. Just the Houghton mass selection that came from Europe via South Africa, rather than any Busby eastern Australian Shiraz or any of the other French clones grown by Swinney. Two-thirds whole bunch and fermented in the same vat as was used for the Grenache. Less new oak and less density than the regular Swinney Syrah. 300 cases to be released March 2020.

    An even deeper, purpler colour than the Farvie Grenache. Tea-leaf aromas and very tight indeed. The sample I tasted desperately needed aeration. There is a lot going on underneath, and no shortage of tannin. The following morning some savoury aromas had emerged but this is still extremely dry and dense, and I suggest a bit more bottle age would be no bad idea. Much less evolved and more tightly focused than the Farvie Grenache. And again, very individual. Nothing like south Australian Shiraz, and nothing like the Rhône – perhaps a little more like southern Rhône Syrah than anything from the north.

    Made very similarly to the Farvie Grenache from the most promising, highest part of the vineyard from trellised, unirrigated fruit on gravel. Made solely from the fruit on the side of vines that gets the morning sun so retains maximum freshness. Just the Houghton mass selection that came from Europe via South Africa, rather than any Busby eastern Australian Shiraz or any of the other French clones grown by Swinney. Two-thirds whole bunch and fermented in the same vat as was used for the Grenache. Less new oak and less density than the regular Swinney Syrah. 300 cases to be released March 2020.

    An even deeper, purpler colour than the Farvie Grenache. Tea-leaf aromas and very tight indeed. The sample I tasted desperately needed aeration. There is a lot going on underneath, and no shortage of tannin. The following morning some savoury aromas had emerged but this is still extremely dry and dense, and I suggest a bit more bottle age would be no bad idea. Much less evolved and more tightly focused than the Farvie Grenache. And again, very individual. Nothing like south Australian Shiraz, and nothing like the Rhône – perhaps a little more like southern Rhône Syrah than anything from the north.

    Ray Jordan

    98 points | October 2019

    A jaw-dropping, ground-breaking syrah from Frankland River. This is not the sweet fruit Aussie shiraz or syrah but more a savoury, grainy style more associated with the Rhone in France. Fine, firm tannins run deep and the oak has been expertly and subtly applied. But it is the way the fruit expresses that strikes as different and exciting.

    A jaw-dropping, ground-breaking syrah from Frankland River. This is not the sweet fruit Aussie shiraz or syrah but more a savoury, grainy style more associated with the Rhone in France. Fine, firm tannins run deep and the oak has been expertly and subtly applied. But it is the way the fruit expresses that strikes as different and exciting.

    Mike Bennie

    94 points | November 2019

    From certain panels on top of the hill where the best bush vines are. All WA selection clone. This sees 60% whole bunch fermentation (natural). Fancy top flight wines from Swinney, first release here is paired with a 2018 Farvie Grenache. Meanwhile, celebrated winemaker Rob Mann works the winery for this one, but the story of meticulous grape growing is also very important here. Bottle shot to follow.

    One of those full palate saturation wines, but don’t think this is hefty and rich, instead, inkiness but light, gossamer tannins, weave of herb through black-red berry just ripe fruit, a mesh of sweetness, peppery spice, herbs, earthiness. Almost an autumnal character but for the sweet finish, then a trail of asphalt-graphite mineral character lingers. A substantial wine in some respects, but not too. Very beautiful. Fancy feeling from hello.

    From certain panels on top of the hill where the best bush vines are. All WA selection clone. This sees 60% whole bunch fermentation (natural). Fancy top flight wines from Swinney, first release here is paired with a 2018 Farvie Grenache. Meanwhile, celebrated winemaker Rob Mann works the winery for this one, but the story of meticulous grape growing is also very important here. Bottle shot to follow.

    One of those full palate saturation wines, but don’t think this is hefty and rich, instead, inkiness but light, gossamer tannins, weave of herb through black-red berry just ripe fruit, a mesh of sweetness, peppery spice, herbs, earthiness. Almost an autumnal character but for the sweet finish, then a trail of asphalt-graphite mineral character lingers. A substantial wine in some respects, but not too. Very beautiful. Fancy feeling from hello.

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