The Swinney family has been farming in the Frankland River, in the Great Southern wine region of WA since 1922 when the pioneering John Alexander Swinney settled in this area. Since then the family has been trying to understand the complex relationship between soil, topography and other key aspects of the local environment related to farming. The vineyard practices are based on considered site selection, minimum intervention grape growing,
selected organic practices, and a general philosophy of letting the vines find their natural balance. It is all about the fruit reflecting the patch that it is grown in.
Them tannins. Whoa. Italianate and fine, a swish and web that sucks and pulls, draws long and gives this beautiful shape to the mellifluous, come-hither dark fruit and wild herb n spice that features so heavily in this wine. Amazing perfume, a little quieter than 2018 but with all the appeal and flighty, floral and spice fragrance of best grenache from anywhere. Pent up, tight, precise and pure, the palate is a masterpiece example of the variety. That tension, that length! All here. Such a good wine. Tasted: Sept 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $42; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2028; Rated: 96+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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