As with all the wines, attention to detail is key. This dazzling riff on Frankland River Riesling is drawn from hand-selected fruit from two of Swinney's oldest blocks, where precise vineyard management--including the rare use of shade cloth to protect the grapes from the afternoon sun--is employed to eliminate any excessive exposure to the sun. Careful bunch selection also eliminated any fruit that has been subject to excessive sun exposure.
In the winery, Robert Mann utilised whole-bunch pressing before natural fermentation in stainless steel, and the wine was rested on lees to preserve freshness and build texture prior to bottling. The nose suggests kaffir lime leaf, lemon zest and subtle chalky notes before flooding the palate with a core of crystalline acidity wrapped in fine-drawn lime zest, lemon and honeysuckle. Scintillating, laser-like and precise--benchmark material.
93+ pts - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front