Swings and Roundaboutswww.swings.com.au
2807 Caves Rd, Yallingup, 6232
Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)
Ph: (08) 9756 6640
Marketer, Ian Latchford and winemaker Mark Lane run the Swings and Roundabouts brand.
Lane found his way to Margaret River in a roundabout way. For a while he made cheese in Melbourne but saw the light and gained winemaking apprenticeships in the Yarra Valley with Tarrawarra and Eyton-on-Yarra, before heading west to take up the position of Chief Winemaker with Deep Woods and then Flying Fish Cove wines.
Since 2004 Mark and Ian has pulled together a team to establish Swings & Roundabouts brand. There is also the premium varietal Laneway series including Tempranillo and Shiraz, and the light hearted Kiss Chasey range (including Rose, Cab Sav/Shiraz/Merlot blend, Chenin Blanc).
Local veteran Brian Fletcher is the chief wine-maker (former chef winemaker for the Evans and Tate group and Curtin University lecturer).
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Swings and Roundabouts Backyard Stories Chardonnay 2016
Purchased: Dan Murphys, East Brunswick ($36)
(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2017, rich barrel-fermented stye showing lime, white peach and melon with citrus blossom and lees notes, vibrant grapefruit acid spine with ample sweet vanilla/cashew oak (***1/2)
Swings and Roundabouts Shiraz 2011
Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, ($20)
(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, Gold Medal at Perth Royal Wine Show 2012, aromatic, fleshy medium boded core of blackberry pastille and red cherries with liquorice and white pepper notes, juicy and earthy with good length, the American oak brings rich toasted cinnamon and dark chocolate aspects, fine grained oak tannins, it is a bit oaky and on the confectionary side but it worked a treat matched with chocolates at the end of the evening (****)
Swings and Roundabouts Margaret River Laneway Chardonnay 2005
Purchased: Not ($35)
(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, melon, grapefruit and lemon butter aromas, the light-medium palate is heavily worked with appealing lemon butter and biscuit features, toasty vanilla oak (****)
Swings and Roundabouts Margaret River Margaret River Laneway Shiraz Viognier 2004
Purchased: Not ($29)
(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, earthy blackcurrant Shiraz is swamped by the apricot and peach from the 9% Viognier (about twice as much as is needed with the intensity of this Viognier), herbal with spicy mocha-vanilla oak, smooth tannins, strictly for ones who like a splash rather than a dash of Viognier in the blend (***)
Swings and Roundabouts Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Malvern, Vic
(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, lemon and gooseberry nose, palate shows same with cut grass and lychee notes, mid-palate is dominated by the Semillon backbone (***1/2)