2022 Swinney Farvie Grenache

Highly Rated
The epitome of Grenache grown on the Swinney Vineyard. Undoubtedly a new benchmark for WA Grenache.

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Description

The Farvie Grenache represents the very finest expression possible of Grenache from the Swinney vineyard in Frankland River.

Named after George (Farvie) John Alexander Swinney who settled in the Frankland area in 1922, there is no time or expense spared in crafting this cuveé.

The finest parts of the vineyard have been identified over the last 20+ years, with those portions being hand-picked over multiple passes for this wine. Only the best bunches make the cut. Only the finest large format oak.

It's a wine that has thrown a cat amongst the pigeons of Australia's wine media. Since its debut release, it has quickly risen to the top echelon of Australian Grenache.

19+/20
"This Grenache seems more succulent, fragrant and blushingly attractive than ever... this finish is fantastic because it snaps your senses to attention and reminds you that while Farvie Grenache is a consummate charmer, beneath the surface, it is a weaponised wine with extraordinary skill."
- Matthew Jukes

98 points
"The power and concentration of the vineyard and the style is immediately evident. The intensity strikes immediately on the nose, while once the wine starts to roll across your palate you know you in a head zone of great power... It’s vibrant and fleshy with real volume of flavour. Continues to mark its turf as an Australian classic."
- Ray Jordan

Tasting Notes
The wine is vibrant crimson with violet hues. The wine is a crouching tiger with muscles coiled and senses alert about to pounce. Beautiful yet dangerous. Dark fruited, plum skins, lavender, pomegranate, ground spice and fresh juniper berries. On the palate there is incredible intensity and clarity with a true sense of purpose. Rusty, spicy, summer pudding with an energetic, clean acid line complimenting the chiselled and finely honed emery tannins.

Vineyard Notes
This fruit was hand-picked from established, dry-grown bush vine Grenache & Mourvèdre on the gravelly loam soils of our Swinney Wilson’s Pool Vineyard. This section within the vineyard has leaner topsoils with a higher percentage of lateritic gravel. Fruit-thinning and selective hand harvesting over multiple passes ensured we achieved as close to perfect fruit as possible.

Production Notes
The fruit was hand-picked, berry-sorted and gravity-fed to French oak fermenters. We incorporated 28% whole bunches followed by wild fermentation to build structure and texture while promoting the bright and spicy aromatics. The wine spent 11 days on skins and was then basket pressed directly to fine grained, large format, seasoned French oak and aged for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered

19+/20 - "Now that Farvie is a trio, and not a duo, and the Mourvèdre sits neatly in between the Grenache and Syrah in terms of hue, timbre and attitude, this Grenache seems more succulent, fragrant and blushingly attractive than ever. It is imperceptibly lighter, more rhubarb and pomegranate-tinged and creamier than ever. The colour is a crimson and carmine amalgam, and the nose is akin to a stroll through an Amazonian arboretum. It is sexy, and it knows it, and before it gets too lascivious, on cue, it firms up, dries out and ends with a vicious lick of stern acidity. After such a lavish welcome, this finish is fantastic because it snaps your senses to attention and reminds you that while Farvie Grenache is a consummate charmer, beneath the surface, it is a weaponised wine with extraordinary skill." - Matthew Jukes

98 points - "Nice to have this wine back in town after an absence in 2021. The power and concentration of the vineyard and the style is immediately evident. The intensity strikes immediately on the nose, while once the wine starts to roll across your palate you know you in a head zone of great power. It was a warm and concentrated vintage. Brilliant crimson colour with a bright luminosity and brilliant purity that lifts effortlessly from the glass. Floral notes with a dried herbie sage bush character engages immediately. Dry chalky tannins with a trace of minerally iron filings. It’s vibrant and fleshy with real volume of flavour. Continues to mark its turf as an Australian classic." - Ray Jordan

Swinney

The Swinney family's roots in Frankland River stretch back over 100 years.

George John Alexander Swinney was a pioneer of the region, settling a grazing property in Franklands in 1922. Today the property is run by fourth generation brother and sister, Matt and Janelle Swinney. They are taking the family property into great new territory.

Bush vines litter the property. Riesling, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre are fining a very happy home on the ironstone slopes above the Frankland River.

Now, with Rhys Thomas as viticulturist and vineyard manager since 2021, and sixth generation winemaker Rob Mann crafting the wines in the cellar, this label is on track to become one of the regional benchmarks in short order.

The Swinney family - Frankland River, WA Swinney

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