Grapes: 52% Mourvedre, 48% Syrah. Region: South Africa> Coastal Region. Notes: Sustainable farming; vegan-friendly, 18 months aged in French Oak.
Description: Every year the swallows return to this farmhouse built in 1715 to breed in the wine cellars; they give this red blend its name. Dominated by the Mourvedre varietal this wine likely pays homage to winemaker Alexander Milner’s time spent in the Provence region of France working at the Domaine de Triennes (The Winery NYC also purveys wines from their house). In Provence, Bandol has led that grape to fame. The tastes of deep, dark fruit and notable earthiness (perhaps graphite) cajoled out of grapes brings that famous wine to mind.
This is a fine red blend great with food or on its own, accessible and not lacking in subtle earthy nuances. Medium to full bodied.
Food pairing: Meats with Umami flavors, beef short ribs, pork shoulder, wild boar, barbecue, liver, lamb, rabbit, sausage, veal etc.