Swinney Vineyards, Frankland River Syrah, Western Australia, 2018

£27.50

Founded in 1922 by the family and continuing their strong tradition of producing exceptional Rhone varietal wines. From wonderful undulating hills (looking like a cross between Tuscany and Lancashire) with fantastic soil, adjacent to the Frankland River which regulates the micro-climate brilliantly. This is one seriously wonderful Syrah from a country that has made the grape its own in the Southern Hemisphere. Interesting also because it’s not from the “usual suspect” areas such as Barossa and McLaren Vale. No, this is about a 220km inland from the Margaret River area which is “just” south of Perth. We say “just” because it takes looking at a map of Australia to really put into perspective how monstrously large it is.

Nose

Deep garnet with purple hues. Blueberry and blackberry. Cedar. Mocha. Rosemary with a hint of tar.

Palate

Full-bodied and intense. Inky blueberry. Cracked black pepper. Sweet vanilla oak. Juicy and plush. Great depth of flavour with incredible length