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Behind the scenes, the Swinney team have been brimming with enthusiasm about the evolution of their bush-vine Mourvèdre. Such was the quality being reached in the vineyard, early last year Rob Mann told us it was getting ever more difficult to dilute the Mourvèdre into the estate’s Mourvèdre Syrah Grenache bottling.
And then this happened. Echoing what has been said many times about Swinney’s Grenache, we have never tasted a Mourvèdre of this depth, purity, and class from Australian shores. Swinney’s Mourvèdre is drawn from dry-grown bush vines on the Wilsons Pool vineyard’s rich gravel/loam soil (planted in the early 2000s). Again, these vines are grown using organic principles and picked over multiple passes to ensure perfect ripeness.
The fruit for the 2021 was hand-picked over two days to optimise flavour and tannin maturity, then berry sorted and emptied into a single stainless-steel fermenter via gravity. A well-judged 22% whole-bunch was incorporated to highlight the “distinctive ferrous qualities, fine structure and wild spice” (Mann) of the variety. This release spent 11 days on skins before being pressed to fine-grained large format French oak and was aged on lees in barrel for 11 months.
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
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