2022 Swinney Mourvedre

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Swinney |Great Southern |Mataro/Mourvedre
A lusciously savoury and bold Mourvedre from WA legends, Swinney
4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews

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Description

The team at Swinney firmly believe that great wine comes from great fruit - for them, it's as simple as that.

This beautiful Mourvedre shows their philosophy to a tee, showing off the beautiful terroir of their estate in the Frankland River. As with all of their wines, you'll find the distinct ferrous mineral character that comes from the ironstone gravel in their vineyards.

For all lovers of a luscious, rich and spicy red, you'll definitely find a lot of drinking pleasure within.

96 points
"Superlative mourvedre... A wonderful wine deserving of serious praise and cellar time."
- Ned Goodwin MW (JamesSuckling.com)

95 points
"Here’s a wild wine of emphatic personality... A terrific expression of Mataro."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 points
"This is a variety that is finding a safe, comfortable home in Frankland River..."
- Ray Jordan (Wine Pilot)

Tasting Notes

Deep Magenta withy purple hues. Wild fruits with an intoxicating mix of pomegranate, strawberries, and satsuma plums mixed with some white pepper and cassia bark. Medium to full-bodied with lashings of red and blue fruits. Sizzling venison and Chinese five-spice complexity, finishing with a chalky, savoury, and finely detailed tannin structure.

Vineyard Notes

Mourvèdre from dry-grown bush vines on the rich gravelly-loam soils of our Swinney Wilson’s Pool vineyard. Careful canopy management, fruit thinning and selective hand harvesting over multiple passes, all ensure we achieve as close to perfect fruit as possible.

Production Notes

The fruit was hand-picked on two separate days as flavour and tannin maturity was optimum. Each day’s harvest was berry sorted and emptied to a single stainless steel fermenter via gravity. We incorporated 20% whole bunches and wild fermentation to build structure and texture as well as highlight the distinctive ferrous qualities, fine structure and wild spice of Mourvèdre. The wine spent 11 days on skins prior to pressing directly to fine grained, large format, seasoned French oak. It was aged on lees and bottled after 11 months in barrel. The wine was made with minimum effective Sulphites, is unfined and minimally filtered.

Other Notes

90% Mourvedre, 6% Syrah, 4% Grenache

96 points - "Superlative mourvedre and certainly the leading light for the variety in Australia. Briny, chewy and gorgeous in its savory guise, this is a powerful expression bound to such a taut tannic fabric, underlain by spice and a tuft of dried herb, that there is not for a moment any excess of sweet fruit. Lots of chomp, depth and layers, oozing tapenade, saddle leather, sweet loamy earth, martini brine, menthol and violet notes, with raspberry bon-bon lurking. A wonderful wine deserving of serious praise and cellar time." - Ned Goodwin MW (JamesSuckling.com)

95 points - "Here’s a wild wine of emphatic personality. Blue fruit, white pepper and exotic spice, but also bloody and ferrous too. I’m thinking blood plum, dried orange peel offering a pleasingly biter cinch, chalky and chewy, so much dried herb and liquorice-laced meaty spicy goodness, smudgy and ashen, but kind of vibrant too, with a meaty/grainy/sappy finish of excellent length. A terrific expression of Mataro." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 points - "This is a variety that is finding a safe, comfortable home in Frankland River. Lovely perfumed red fruits on the nose displaying a slightly earthy, dusty raspberry and light plummy character. The palate is soft and supple. It’s medium weight with a fine chalky ironstone thing treading through the palate. The cradle of tannins and fine oak, together with natural fruit energy holds a focused long finish." - Ray Jordan (Wine Pilot)

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 reviews
  • GG
    Gary G.
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    5 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Swinney Mourvèdre review

    Beautiful fragrance spice and length. Very interesting and delicious.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • JG
    John G.
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    7 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Top Malbec

    Beautiful WA Mourvèdre or Malbec as I call it. Special things coming out of Swinney - jump onit.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • BG
    Ben G.
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    11 months ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Moody Mourvèdre

    Tightly wound and needs decanting, while young especially. Unique style. Solid Mourvèdre which will get the table talking - love it or hate it

    TasteRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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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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