Swift Cuvée #8 in Huon's Top 12 Aussie Sparklings!

Posted on November 06, 2013 by Dave Swift

Best Australian Sparkling Wines.
Good Food - 29th October, 2013 

It's hard work for Australian sparkling winemakers to compete today with the great bargains in direct-imported champagne, but there is plenty of life in the local bubble business. Like any wine styles, the best are created by passionate, determined people who are more driven by a desire to make great wine than lots of money. Happily many of my picks are between $30-$40, which is still cheaper than most fizzes of the imported variety.

Hardys/Arras continues to lead the charge here with its brilliant fizzicist Ed Carr in the driving seat, but it's encouraging to see small family-owned enterprises like Printhie and Deviation Road having a red-hot go. This is my top dozen pick from my most recent tastings.


8. Printhie Swift Cuvee Brut, Orange NV, $40 (bottled July 2011; two years on lees)

This is a fresh, fruit-driven wine with verve and vitality. It's pale-coloured, with a clean bouquet showing spice and subtle passionfruit, with modest age and yeast-development. It's youthful but good, with attractive flavour and zest, the liqueur nicely integrated into a seamless whole. Delicate, fresh, clean and balanced for drinkability.

Food: Crab and avocado timbale. 12 per cent alcohol. 91/100.

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Good living - Huon Hooke

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Dave Swift

Swift is moving fast
Good living - Tastings - Tuesday November 20, 2012

The Swift family of Printhie, in the Orange wine region, is planning a major investment in sparkling wine and has just launched its first bubblies. The brand name is Swift, and the two "methode traditionelle" wines are a $40 non-vintage and a $50 2010 vintage, both clean, delicate and fine. They've retained Rodolphe Peters of Champagne Pierre Peters as a consultant, and the plan is to have a flagship Blanc de Blancs in the future. Spokesman Ed Swift says a development application has been filed for a complex that will include an underground wine-aging, riddling, disgorgement and packaging facility, two food outlets (a bistro and fine-dining restaurant), 40 upmarket rooms, and cellar door sales. He estimates the spend will be more than $15 million. The complex will be at Borenore, on the same road as Philip Shaws vineyard. The wines were launched during the recent Orange Wine Week by the member for Calare, John Cobb.

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Winingpom.com.au Review

Posted on October 28, 2012 by Dave Swift

Swift: A sparkling release from Orange
26th October, 2012

One of the highlights of last weekend’s trip to Orange was looking across the range of Printhie wines and catching up with the thoughtful winemaking talents of Drew Tuckwell. The Printhie family have invested time and significant financial resources into developing cool climate Sparkling that they hope will be the start of Oranges’ claim to become a significant player in the production of cool climate sparkling. Tuckwell has been to Champagne several times in the last two years consulting, working with growers, understanding the nuances and the techniques of the region to try and distill into his own wines. One thing he learnt was how much he didn’t know and how quickly he learnt. Much time was spent on the Cote de Blancs with Rodolphe Peters of Champagne Pierre Peters in the small commune of Le Mesnil Sur Oger. One thing that did become apparent in his sparkling study fest is that neutrality is the enemy and although the Champenoise were picking at 10.5% baume they were obtaining real flavour. More than anything it meant understanding the fruit flavours of  the vineyard and the fact that bubbles can indeed express the land off which they came.

I was privvy to taste the new wines the day before they were launched last week and if these inaugural bottlings are anything to go by, then they have every right to claim Orange as a serious contender for sparkling styles. Indeed it would seem that a number of producers in the region are already getting on board the bubbly bandwagon and having a go. Time will tell. The Swift name will not be part of the Printhie brand and will be sold as such. The Swift Family have come up with a whole look and feel that has the feel of a prestige sparkling about it.

Swift Cuvee NV $40 12.5%

6o% Pinot 40% Chardonnay spent 19 months on yeast lees with a dosage of 9gl

The cuvee was blended after the Blanc de Blanc and Vintage meaning they had more Pinot fruit for the blend. The result is a  wine that is redolent of biscuits and yeast, with red fruits  fresh citrus and a mineral edge. There’s a good frothy and lively mousse, great concentration, before  a really good line of acid with a long, lemony and chalky finish. 92

Swift Vintage Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2010 $50 12.5%

60% Chardonnay 40% Pinot spent 19 months on yeast lees with a dosage of 9gl

Lemony fresh with hints of oyster shell, a gentle yeastiness and a talc and mineral edge. There’s a good energy to this wine and a definite step up in quality. Power and concentration is the key.  The palate shows abundant flavours of apple, and lemon with a yeasty complexity as well as biscuity and limestone length. This is only going to improve with bottle age but it’s a compelling example of what’s possible in the region. 94+

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Swift Sparkling Launched

Posted on July 09, 2012 by Dave Swift

Byng Street Local Store, Orange
20th October, 2012

The Swift 2010 Vintage Chardonnay Pinot Noir and NV Cuvée Pinot Noir Chardonnay were officially launched at the Byng Street Local Store in Orange by the Hon. John Cobb, federal member for Calare, shadow minister for agriculture and food security.

Dave Swift, John Cobb and Ed Swift

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