Good living - Huon Hooke
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.