2018 Farvie Frankland River Syrah, Swinney 75cl
?This both looks and smells dark purple On the nose, whortleberry, aronia and purple grape at first; revealing nuances of clove, star anise, stargazer lily, musk, leather and iron as it opens in the glass In the mouth, it is super-refined: intense and concentrated in flavour, while having gorgeous soft succulence of texture There is a sprinkling of powdery tannin - discernible but oh so delicate Undoubtedly a great wine, it would be intriguing to watch this evolve for 15 years or longer - but it's oh-so irresistible already Utterly harmonious Farvie Syrah is a selection of fruit picked exclusively from the 'morning' side of the vine rows, which ripens more slowly and gently than fruit exposed to the afternoon sun
?A bold, spice driven wine like this can hold up to the intense flavors of slow-roasted barbecue pork. A great cut for this might be a pork shoulder where it is a rich umami-driven piece of meat. Try spicing this type of meat with pepper and cumin to bring out the fruitiness in the wine.