Quite a textural and friendly expression of this blend. Tropical fruit laced with crisp lemon and grassy characters provide an appealing textured palate. Clean long lines through to the finish. Excellent drinking in the next few years.
A substantial statement of this vintage. Ripe blackcurrant fruit with some edgier black olive and leafy tobacco characters. The palate has a sinewy tannin feel with a little oak influence. Deep and chocolaty with loads of persistence. A real crowd pleaser.
A neat mix between savoury oak and sweet plump plummy fruit. Has a dry savoury tannin influence cutting through the spicy and slightly earthy gravelly fruit characters. Balanced with cedary oak. A nice wine for drinking over the next few years.
A really interesting rose. It’s largely sangiovese but a small amount of barrel aged pinot noir was added to create a richer base to the wine. It also gets a little oak. The result is a light bodied yet flavoursome wine with poise and fine control. Finishes dry.
These chardonnays have been gradually improving in recent years and this is another excellent wine. Has a minerally roasted cashew aroma with those subtle white peach and grapefruit edges. It’s still rather tight at tasting but has a terrific drive through the palate. Crunchy mealy character emerge with breathing.
This would have to be the best cabernet yet released from Swings. Opens with an aroma of rich dark chocolate and blackcurrant with a lavish plummy fruit cake overlay. The palate is dense and very powerful with the oak and firmish tannins apply a rigid structure through to its long finish.
Swings & Roundabouts rosé 2015 ($22.50)
Brilliant crimson and salmon pink colour. Cherry and confectionery-like raspberry notes on the nose are so strikingly attractive. The palate is light bodied with sweet fruit balanced by a dry lingering acid. This is a lovely current drinking rosé with that dry finish a feature. Fresh and lively.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 3 years
Swings & Roundabouts Backyard Stories semillon sauvignon blanc 2014 ($32)
A super statement of how the subtle use of oak can enhance this blend of white varieties. Smoky savoury notes with tropical fruit and decent splash of lemon zest. The palate is so appealing with its lemon and tropical grassy characters and a distinct flint and mineral finish. Juicy and zippy.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
Swings & Roundabouts chardonnay 2014 ($22)
There’s a delightful purity of fruit expression in this precise melony chardonnay. Touch of honeydew melon on the nose with light lime characters. The palate expresses the fruit with a minerally mouthfeel. Great finish. Most appealing current drinking wine.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years
Swings & Roundabouts Backyard Stories chardonnay 2014 ($35)
One of the most subtle and delicate of Swings chardonnays yet released. There’s a real sophistication and subtleness about this one with its delicate acid and fine precise palate. White peach, cashew and lemon on the nose with a complex lees-influenced palate that extends to a very long finish. Impressive wine.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years
Swings & Roundabouts cabernet merlot 2013 ($22.50)
Delightfully scented cab merlot with those blackcurrant and minty tobacco leafy notes engaging. The palate is medium bodied but with good fruit intensity. It’s balanced with chalky tannins and lightly applied oak. It stacks up for the short term.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 5 years
Swings & Roundabouts Backyard Stories cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($39)
A cabernet with the fruit and structure to handle extended cellaring. The oak and fruit combination is striking with ripe rich fruit concentration and a decent whack of vanillin oak playing a slightly dominant role. The palate is seamless with grainy tannins, dusty cedary oak and richly layered fruit. Needs more time but will be a good ’un.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 10 years
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