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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.
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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