Swift and sparkling

Above: David Swift, the member for Calare John Cobb, and Ed Swift at the launch of Swift sparkling wines

The Swift family of Printhie (tasting notes), in the Orange wine region, is planning a major investment in sparkling wine, and has recently launched its first bubblies.

The brand-name is Swift, and the two method traditionelle wines are a $40 non-vintage and $50 2010 vintage, both clean, delicate, fine wines. They’ve retained Rudolf Peters of Champagne Pierre Peters (tasting notes) as a consultant, and the plan is to have a flagship blanc de blancs in future.

Spokesman Ed Swift says a development application has been filed for a complex which will include an underground wine aging, riddling, disgorgement and packaging facility, two food outlets (a bistro and fine dining restaurant), 40 up-market rooms, and cellar door sales. He estimates the spend will be over $15 million.

“We believe Orange has the potential to compete with Tasmania in sparkling wine, particularly our high-altitude sites,” he says. “We also believe that eventually a developer would have come to Orange and done this, and as a local family, we’d prefer to do it first.”

The complex will be at Borenore, on the same road as Philip Shaw’s vineyard. “We expect to be building within a couple of years.” The wines were launched during the recent Orange Wine Week by the Member for Calare, John Cobb. 

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