"Swinney’s inaugural Mourvèdre rosé is drawn from dry-grown bush vines on the ironstone gravel hilltop of the Powderbark vineyard. With a focus on freshness, the fruit from these vines was picked with the potential alcohol sitting between 12.5 and 13 degrees—when the fruit is just on the approach to full maturity. The Mourvèdre was then pressed using a traditional, ultra-light Champagne cycle alongside a small percentage of bush vine Grenache and a splash of Vermentino to bring subtle complexity and reinforce the freshness. The wine is then rested on its lees for three months in neutral French oak."
"Perhaps the easiest way to put it is to say that it does not taste like any rosé we have tried from these shores. It has a unique axis of structure and flavour; complex, resonant and restrained without ever sacrificing charm. It opens with pretty and bright aromas of red fruits, a whisper of spring florals and rocky minerality, all flecked with savoury nuance. The palate is subtle and creamy, with delicate and vibrant brushstrokes of crushed strawberry and savoury flavours falling like snowflakes on the palate. For all its plush, tongue-wrapping texture, it remains beautifully precise and energetic, finishing with poise, elegance and mineral steel. A class act, a wine for food, and a new benchmark all rolled into one."