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Swinney Syrah 2021

$48.00
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Swinney Syrah 2021
Swinney Syrah 2021
Producer Swinney
Region, Country Frankland River, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 21129-750

Swinney’s 2021 Syrah was hand-harvested from a selection of parcels planted to a range of clones, including 470, Waldron and Jack Mann’s heritage massale selection of Syrah. Unlike the Grenache and Mourvèdre, the Syrah is trellised (although there are plans afoot for some single-stake Syrah in the future). Although the Frankland River is cool-climate continental, Swinney also uses shade cloth for the Shiraz on the western side, creating a soft, mottled light to protect the skins and lower the temperature in the bunch zone.

In the winery, the berries were sorted and emptied into small wooden and stainless-steel fermenters via gravity. A barely noticeable 22% whole-bunch component was integrated to build structure. The 2021 spent 12 days on skins before being pressed directly to fine-grained, 600-litre demi-muids (12% new) for 11 months. 

For Mann, 2021 was a near-perfect year for Syrah; an observation that is borne out in a sensational and deeply scented wine that effortlessly fuses power and finesse. It’s a coiled and striking wine, redolent with peppery spice, silky blue fruit and smoked meat. There’s just a touch of whole-bunch freshness, and the entire package seamlessly integrates with chalky tannins and impressive palate weight. That Swinney’s Syrah has been described by one writer as “more Hermitage than Grange” gives you a clue where the quality level is pitched. Once again, this wine’s trademark elegance, purity and power are on song—to find such quality and class at this price is a rare bird indeed.

Swinney Syrah 2021
Swinney Syrah 2021

Reviews

“Deep red-purple with a meaty reductive note overlying spices and black cherry to blueberry aromas, the palate supple and smoothly fleshy, medium to full bodied and elegantly styled, very approachable now and with good potential for aging. This is a ripping shiraz, nearly as good as the 2020 Farvie.”
95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
“This is a brilliant release. The length of the finish and the extensive curl of tannin – matched to bright, pretty fruit, lots of bass and lots of treble – pushes it straight into elite territory. One sip and I was hooked. Blue, black and red berried fruit, a little red liquorice, lots of cloves and assorted spices. It’s exotic, it’s lively, it’s deep and it’s long. This is a river you want to step into.”
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“The 2021 Syrah is a haunting, glowing crimson in the glass. I love the tannins here—they’re so good that they compel me to look beyond the fruit and to the structure, which is a rare occurrence. There are notes of pink peppercorns and Sichuan peppercorn, and the fruit has purity, clarity and a supple flow through the mouth. The tension through the finish makes this wine a superb example of Australian Syrah. It is mineral and structured, devoid of heavy oak impact and layered with ductile tannins, supple fruit and spice.”
96+ points, Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate
"Aromas of crushed red and black cherries, white pepper, paprika and suede. Medium-bodied with fine, slightly chewy tannins. Fresh but well spiced with fleshy red and black fruit at the center, black pepper and grilled rosemary notes. Transparent. Drink now. Screw cap."
93 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

Reviews

“Deep red-purple with a meaty reductive note overlying spices and black cherry to blueberry aromas, the palate supple and smoothly fleshy, medium to full bodied and elegantly styled, very approachable now and with good potential for aging. This is a ripping shiraz, nearly as good as the 2020 Farvie.”
95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
“This is a brilliant release. The length of the finish and the extensive curl of tannin – matched to bright, pretty fruit, lots of bass and lots of treble – pushes it straight into elite territory. One sip and I was hooked. Blue, black and red berried fruit, a little red liquorice, lots of cloves and assorted spices. It’s exotic, it’s lively, it’s deep and it’s long. This is a river you want to step into.”
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“The 2021 Syrah is a haunting, glowing crimson in the glass. I love the tannins here—they’re so good that they compel me to look beyond the fruit and to the structure, which is a rare occurrence. There are notes of pink peppercorns and Sichuan peppercorn, and the fruit has purity, clarity and a supple flow through the mouth. The tension through the finish makes this wine a superb example of Australian Syrah. It is mineral and structured, devoid of heavy oak impact and layered with ductile tannins, supple fruit and spice.”
96+ points, Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate
"Aromas of crushed red and black cherries, white pepper, paprika and suede. Medium-bodied with fine, slightly chewy tannins. Fresh but well spiced with fleshy red and black fruit at the center, black pepper and grilled rosemary notes. Transparent. Drink now. Screw cap."
93 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

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