Swinney Vineyards

Wines

TIRRA LIRRA

Riesling, Frankland River

Riesling Pinot Gris Gewurztraminer, Great Southern

Shiraz, Frankland River

Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo Grenache, Frankland River

 


AVAILABLE NATIONALLY THROUGH DWS.

Product Description

A long farming history, coupled with a passion for understanding the complex relationship between soil, topography and other key aspects of the local environment and the production of wine grapes has been translated into a unique insight for vineyard site selection and wine grape production.

Swinney Vineyards is a family winegrowing concern located in the Frankland River region of the Great Southern in Western Australia. The vineyards are part of remote and isolated 2,500 (approx. 6,000 acres) hectare grape growing and grazing property which has been the home of the Swinney family for four generations.

George John Alexander Swinney was a pioneer of the Frankland River Region and settled at ‘Franklands’ in 1922. The ‘Franklands’ property is located on the banks of the Frankland River. The country is hilly and undulating and is dominated by jarrah and redgum trees growing upon ironstone gravel and loam soils.

This long farming history, coupled with a passion for understanding the complex relationship between soil, topography and other key aspects of the local environment and the production of wine grapes has been translated into a unique insight for vineyard site selection and wine grape production.

While the varieties grown are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the Vineyards also contain Grenache, Tempranillo and Mourvedre bush vines. Low-yielding and growing naturally without trellising, bush vines are a rarity in Western Australia and exemplify the Swinney’s long term commitment to producing wines that are a true expression of their unique sites and variety and in as natural and unforced manner as possible.

www.swinneyvineyards.com.au

Additional Information

Country

Australia

State

Western Australia

Wine Region

Frankland River

Winemaker

Peter Dawson and Tony Davis

Established

1998

Vineyard Size

150 hectares

Wine category

Red Wine, White Wine


The Swinney family (parents Graham and Kaye, and son and daughter Matt and Janelle) has been resident on their 2500ha property since settled by George Swinney in 1922. In the 90s they made the decision to diversify, and have since planted a very substantial, high-quality vineyard on undulating ironstone gravel and loam soils, home to jarrah and red gums. The lions share of the plantings is 40ha of shiraz, and 37ha of cabernet sauvignon, followed by sauvignon blanc (10ha), semillon (7.5ha) and chardonnay (5ha), and they lease 1ha of riesling. They also pushed the envelope by establishing grenache (3.5ha), tempranillo (2.6ha), and mourvedre (1.6ha) as bush vines, a rarity in this part of the world. With Larry Cherubino making the wines, it is not surprising that they are as good as they are.

- James Halliday

Nominated as one of the Top 10 best new Wineries of 2015

- James Halliday Wine Companion

- James Halliday Wine Companion