2019 Swinney Riesling
|Region||Frankland River, WA|
|Status||Selected organic practices|
Frankland River, in the Great Southern wine region of WA, is remote and isolated however the cool climate of the region produces some outstanding Riesling and the ironstone soils help produce some minerally Syrah, Grenache and Tempranillo. It is inland, however in the evening is very cold due to the prevailing coastal breeze that whips across the land from the Great Southern Ocean.
The Swinney family has been farming in the region since 1922 when the pioneering John Alexander Swinney settled in this area. Since then the family has been trying to understand the complex relationship between soil, topography and other key aspects of the local environment related to farming. The vineyard practices are based on considered site selection, minimum intervention grape growing, selected organic practices, and a general philosophy of letting the vines find their natural balance. It is all about the fruit reflecting the patch that it is grown in.
|Wine||The fruit was whole bunch pressed, lightly settled and then fermented in stainless steel tanks to achieve a vibrant and expressive reflection of the purity of Frankland River Riesling. Following fermentation the wine rested on its lees for 4 months to both preserve freshness and build texture prior to bottling. |
Striking pale straw with green hues, the wine is wonderfully aromatic with intense lemon sherbet, jasmine blossom and grapefruit pith. The palate is vibrant and full flavoured tasting of cut lime, lychee and lemon myrtle. With mouth-filling juiciness, the palate is neatly framed by pithy, chalky acidity and a tight, bright finish.
|Awards||96/100 Huon Hooke; 95/100 Jeremy Oliver|
|Tasting Note||Lime - Lychee - Dry|