2022 Swinney Farvie Mourvedre

Highly Rated
Swinney |Great Southern |Mataro/Mourvedre
Likely the finest Mourvedre wine in Australia.

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Description

Rob Mann is very committed to this variety and is making a statement with this straight Mourvedre under the Farvie range. It's an exciting modern offering of the variety that demands attention.

The fruit was hand-picked from small section of estate vines and fermented as 66% whole bunches for extra bright, spicy aromatics and texture. A savoury red full of structured tannins holding a core of red and blue fruits dusted with spice. This is an absolute benchmark for Mourvedre wines - almost peerless in Australia.

Extremely limited quantities produced - if you want to try the Farvie Mourvedre you better swoop quickly.

98 points
"This is the second vintage of the Farvie Mourvedre and takes the excellent ’21 up a notch... The palate is a superb interpretation of the variety in these Frankland soils... Energy and vibrancy set this apart. A worthy addition to the Farvie triumvirate."
- Ray Jordan

19.5/20
"This wine’s fanfare is all-encompassing, with an epic nose that is striking, fruit-packed and sophisticated.... This is another jaw-dropping wine, and it stands a chance of running a longer race than the 2021, too, so be sure to secure your stock."
- Matthew Jukes
98 points
"The second iteration of this wine (tasted pre-release), which is quickly rising to icon status in Swinney’s portfolio... Complex, vivacious and nuanced; a new Mourvèdre benchmark has been set."
- Cassandra Charlick (Decanter)

The wine is deep crimson with purple hues. On the nose there are hints of fresh porcini, blackberries, summer thunderstorm, cold steel, cinnamon and white pepper. The palate is truly captivating, combining youthful and finely detailed fruit complexity with slightly wild, earthy and rusty structural elements, true to the varietal integrity, while articulating the personality of the site. Effortless, lingering and satisfying..

Vineyard Notes
This fruit is from dry-grown bush vine Mourvèdre from a small selection, based on soil type, of our Swinney Wilson’s Pool vineyard. This section of the vineyard has leaner top soils 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 a French oak vat. We incorporated 66% 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 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.

98 points - "This is the second vintage of the Farvie Mourvedre and takes the excellent ’21 up a notch. It has a dry, savoury and slightly ferruginous rusty nail character offsetting the sweet floral notes on the nose. The palate is a superb interpretation of the variety in these Frankland soils. There is a slightly greater volume of fruit than ’21, bit it retains the same Old-World charm and expression. Chalky tannins and balanced use of oak. Tasted this about 4 months apart and already the shy middle palate I first saw has started to unfurl. Energy and vibrancy set this apart. A worthy addition to the Farvie triumvirate." Ray Jordan

19.5/20 - "Having fallen head over heels with this wine in the 2021 vintage, my stomach was in knots when I approached the 2022 in Perth. Would ‘second album syndrome’ strike? Not a chance. This wine’s fanfare is all-encompassing, with an epic nose that is striking, fruit-packed and sophisticated. There are abundant rose petals, plum and red cherry notes, and sensual waves of florality and bounteous juiciness are countered by intense, brittle minerality. The acid line scours the palate with masochistic striations that form the tramlines on which this wine delivers its message with tireless accuracy. And then you notice that something is missing. Unlike virtually every other mesmeric Mourvèdre on earth, oak is seemingly missing. Of course, this is an illusion because behind every cache of flavour molecules sits a silent oak nuance, hidden from view but doing the covert task of adding grandeur and detail without craving any credit. This is another jaw-dropping wine, and it stands a chance of running a longer race than the 2021, too, so be sure to secure your stock." Matthew Jukes

98 points - "The second iteration of this wine (tasted pre-release), which is quickly rising to icon status in Swinney’s portfolio. Tiny production from bushvines, the fruit is harvested in three passes wild fermented in whole bunches and matured in old oak. Currently tightly wound and holding its cards close to its chest, its starry journey ahead is clear. Vibrant, densely knit dark black plum aromas with a jewel-like clarity, along with violets, star anise, eucalypt, heady ferrous notes and crushed earth. Tannins might be tight and bunched up in their youth, but they are chalky and fine in structure, and the long line of delicate acidity helps deliver waves of flavour long after the last sip. Complex, vivacious and nuanced; a new Mourvèdre benchmark has been set." - Cassandra Charlick (Decanter)

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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