The fruit from the bush vine Grenache and Mourvèdre is hand-harvested. The berries—15% whole bunch Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre—are sorted and gravity-fed to a French oak vat. The fruit is co-fermented wild giving the resulting wine a firm but fine framework around which it builds textural profile. After a week and a half on skins, the wine is basket pressed directly into ?ne grained large format seasoned French oak to age for almost a year.
"Flesh and sinew, rolling richness but inherent freshness. Mouth-coating, palate staining dark berry fruits, sarsaparilla, spice, specks of herb and pepper. Concentration, but levity, juiciness here too – that’s the come hither element. A sheath of lacy, firm, silty, near rugged (slightly distracting) but pleasing tannins. Perfume a fog of pretty floral, sweet fruit, earthy spice. Feels very serious, this wine, primped and preened, reserved in a way. Thoroughbred through and through."
94+ points, The Wine Front (November 2019)
"Deep red colour with a tinge of purple, and good depth. The bouquet is superbly aromatic, with an array of spice nuances, fruit-driven and beguiling. The palate has great intensity and drive, elegance and charm, with a deep core of sweetly ripe berry flavours and substantial tannins drying the finish and aftertaste. The tannins are abundant and ripe, the finish very long-lasting. A modern grenache style that exhibits an elegance and lightness of touch seldom seen in grenache in Australia. A stunning wine. (5% mourvèdre. To be released in March 2020)"
97 points, The Real Review (August 2019)
"Bunch selection from unirrigated bush vines in a region that on paper looks a bit too cool for Grenache but this is sumptuously rich. Made in Rob Mann's oft-used 1,600-litre Taransaud TOPTEC oak fermentation vat in a corner of Stella Bella winery. Co-fermented with a small portion of Mourvèdre. Indigenous yeast and no acid addition. Minimal pumpover. Aged in 10% new demi-muids for 10 months.
More intense and luscious than the regular Swinney Grenache. The fruit, the whole fruit and almost nothing but the fruit. A really gorgeous wine that's not like any other Grenache or Garnacha I have come across – presumably a terroir expression."
18 points, jancisrobinson.com (September 2019)
"This is a remarkable wine that captures the essence of this variety in a way not seen before in Australia. It's a medium-bodied wine, yet the palate delivers deep and complex flavours through to an exceptional finish. Has a European gravelly, grainy mouthfeel that carries plenty of intensity albeit delivered with such poise and almost shy coyness."
98 points, The West Australian (October 2019)
"Grand Cru level grenache, with a fiery, spicy bouquet of dark cherries, redcurrants, blueberries and kernel notes lifted by a floral perfume and backed by suggestions of minerals, mint and paprika. It’s opulent but elegant, explosively intense but ultra-precise, with a deep presence of red and blue fruits artfully knit with cedary oak and a fine, gravelly extract that becomes more bony, assertive and savoury towards the finish. Very stable and long-term."
97 points, jeremyoliver.com.au (December 2019)