Swinney’s Farvie wines are a tale of greatness - James Halliday

by Hugh French | Feb 28, 2024



"There is no question that this vineyard and the style being crafted under one of Australia’s finest winemakers, Rob Mann, have redefined syrah and grenache.These are now the established benchmarks and should be on the buy-now list for anyone with an interest in contemporary Australian wine."
Ray Jordan, The West Australian



Grapes have been cultivated on the Swinney property for a century. These grapes have been sold to other producers who require high-quality Frankland River fruit for a significant part of this period. More recently, siblings Matt and Janelle Swinney, along with winemaker Rob Mann (grandson of Western Australian wine legend Jack Mann), have started producing their own wine that truly reflects the land on which they grew up.

Late last year, winemaker Rob Mann recalled that 2022 was an outstanding year―magical, in Rob’s words―for Frankland River’s reds. It was a lovely warm season, giving modest yields of “incredibly deep and opulent fruit”. It’s in years like this that Swinney’s deep focus on the vineyards pays dividends. “What we don’t want to do in a very concentrated year is to make big, heavy, thick wines,” Mann told us. “We’re trying to impart more elegance.”
Importer Notes

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2022 Farvie Grenache
Usually $159 - Special Offer $145

“Nice to have this wine back in town after an absence in 2021. The power and concentration of the vineyard and the style is immediately evident. The intensity strikes immediately on the nose, while once the wine starts to roll across your palate you know you in a head zone of great power. It was a warm and concentrated vintage. Brilliant crimson colour with a bright luminosity and brilliant purity that lifts effortlessly from the glass. Floral notes with a dried herbie sage bush character engages immediately. Dry chalky tannins with a trace of minerally iron filings. It’s vibrant and fleshy with real volume of flavour. Continues to mark its turf as an Australian classic.”

98 Points
Ray Jordan,


2022 Farvie Syrah
Usually $159 - Special Offer $145

“I think this has claims to be the finest Farvie Syrah yet in its relatedly short history. The colour is just brilliant and bright with a glowing purely crimson hue. Power, intensity and concentration delivered with such poise. Bright red fruits with floral dark cherry and a little black olive adds to its nuanced capture on the nose. The palate is sublime, almost perfect, in its structure, poise and delivery. The sweet natural fruits are balanced and aligned with the fine minerally, ironstone ferruginous characters. Continues to redefine the Australian varietal style.”

99 Points
Ray Jordan,



2022 Farvie Mourvedre
Usually $159 - Special Offer $145

“This is the second vintage of the Farvie Mourvedre and takes the excellent ’21 up a notch. It has a dry, savoury and slightly ferruginous rusty nail character offsetting the sweet floral notes on the nose. The palate is a superb interpretation of the variety in these Frankland soils. There is a slightly greater volume of fruit than ’21, bit it retains the same Old-World charm and expression. Chalky tannins and balanced use of oak. Tasted this about 4 months apart and already the shy middle palate I first saw has started to unfurl. Energy and vibrancy set this apart. A worthy addition to the Farvie triumvirate.”

98 Points
Ray Jordan,



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