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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.
The Swinney vineyards are located in close proximity to the Frankland River and are situated midway and higher upslope in the river valley. The vineyards are planted on gravelly ironstone soils over layers of clay loam. These soils, which are ideal for quality wine grape production, provide strong root penetration, warm up quickly in the spring and the clay loam subsoil retains water during dry summer months.
Our vineyard management approach is based upon considered site selection, minimum intervention grape growing, selected organic practices and a general philosophy of letting the vines find their natural balance on a site per site basis. The objective is for the fruit that is produced to be a strong reflection of its micro climate - to have a natural sense of place.
The Wilson's Pool Vineyard, named after an English "remittance man" who lived on a pool of the Frankland River in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and who relied on the local marron and kangaroo to supplement his annual allowance, is planted to predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The indicator species on this site are jarrah and marri (red gum) trees and as such this vineyard has a high concentration of gravelly ironstone soils, particularly on the Western side of the vineyard, with slightly heavier more clay loam soils on the Eastern side. Two thirds of this vineyard is on a south facing slope and one third north facing.
Powderbark Ridge Vineyard is located on the adjacent southern hill to Wilsons Pool Vineyard and shares many of the same geological features. The vineyard is largely north facing and with the soils predominantly consisting of ironstone gravel over ochre coloured red loam and clay - typical of the best sites for growing fruit in the region. The vineyard is planted mainly to Shiraz and Riesling.
The International Hill Vineyard has soils that contain a greater proportion of clay loams, including the type that originally hosted a type of tree known locally as a "red wood". The early settlers discovered that dams built on soils that contained red woods would not hold water, while at the same time being productive for crops. This vineyard is planted mainly to white varieties such as Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Vermentino, Viognier and Chardonnay which do especially well on these old red wood soils and produce fruit of distinctive quality. All varieties are on a south facing slope.
The Ingénue Vineyard is a bush vine vineyard planted to Grenache, Tempranillo and Mourvedre. These varieties are planted on typically ironstone gravel over loam clay soils and are on North or West facing ridges or slopes.
The Frankland River region in the South West of Western Australia is one of the coolest and most remote wine growing regions in Australia. Mediterranean in terms of its winter/spring rainfall, it has a continental influence, with cold nights and warm days creating ideal conditions for growing quality wine grapes.
The viticultural potential of the Frankland River region was first identified by the famed botanist Baron von Mueller on one of his trips to Western Australia (1867 and 1877), followed by Californian viticulturist Dr Harold Olmo in a report to the West Australian Government in 1956, and was later endorsed by Dr John Gladstones (well-known for his pioneering work in the Margaret River region) in two reports commissioned for the Swinney family and which are the source of the material below.
Over millions of years the Frankland River has cut its way through the ancient lateritic surface rock to expose the granitic and gneissic layers beneath and has created ideal gravel-loam soils for growing quality wine grapes. These gravelly surfaces protect against erosion and warm up quickly in the spring, while the clay loam subsoil retains water during the dry summer months.
Soils include gravelly loams on the middle valley slopes, which in the natural state carry vigorous marri (commonly known as red gum) trees. They merge on the higher slopes into mixed marri / jarrah soils that are lighter-textured but still gravelly and well suited to viticulture.
The Frankland River valley also has a profound influence on the region's climate and the resultant wine styles. As a river valley draining more or less straight to the Southern Ocean the river valley has excellent water and air drainage. Cold air flows freely to the south at night, setting up an air circulation between land and sea that minimizes the risk of damaging frosts in spring. Valley-side tributaries locally reinforce this pattern by forming a series of moderately sloping ridges that are largely frost-free.
In summer the valley performs a reverse function by funneling cool and humid air northwards from the Southern Ocean. This moderates the heat of summer afternoons, and combined with ripening that extends through March into April, ensures mostly mild conditions for ripening before the first heavy rains of autumn. These ripening conditions allow very reliable production of classic cool-climate wine styles.
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Bibendum Wine Limited
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Licence Number: 6180142415
Class of Licence: Producer's Licence. Name of Licensee: Bluesail Holdings Pty Ltd. Address of Licensed Premises: Franklands Farm
325 Frankland-Kojonup Road
Frankland River WA 6396