Orin Swift Machete California Red Wine 2016

£45.55 per bottle
120 in stock

Violet ink in the glass, a nose of black plums, cassis, and cacao engage. The robust entry consists of a progressing palate of blackberry and boysenberry compote, a reduction of dark plum and ripe figs, and pure Amarena cherry. Flashes of vanilla and traces of minerality evolve into chalky tannins and a smooth lingering finish.

The Label 

I was driving home from San Francisco, probably going too fast, and I saw what I thought was a cop ahead of me. Then I realised it was an old police car that had been resold. As I pulled alongside it, there was this postal worker with his arm hanging out the window, smoking a cigarette. On the side of the car, someone had keyed the word "KILLERS." I thought that's pretty graphic and cool. We did the photo shoot at the dumps in Calistoga because it's like a moonscape out there. We were going to key "MACHETE" onto the side of the car and have the model behind the wheel, holding a machete out the window, but I quickly realized that wasn't going to work. We shot for two days and had about 10,000 shots. We ended up doing a series of 12 different labels, and you'll notice that the model is always around the same size or high up in the frame. She's always in a position of power. That was most important to me.

The Wine 

It's always been a goal to showcase Petite Sirah in a dynamic blend, so we searched for the right vineyard throughout Northern California to give us a matrix that creates layers and depth. Machete blends Petite Sirah with Syrah and Grenache, and the result is a wine that has the attitude to go with 12 individual labels.

Dave Phinney (Winemaker)

Taste & Aroma


Orin Swift Cellars are an incredibly exciting and creative winery to work with. In short, the brilliance of the wines, creativeness and unparalleled blending talents have built an incredible portfolio with minimum words and maximum impact. Every wine is carefully crafted from start to finish, including the state of art labels.

Orin Swift wines california


California is the largest and most important wine region in the US – in fact, if California were a separate country it would be the world’s fourth largest wine producer! California stretches along the west coast of the USA meaning that soils and climates vary enormously depending on the area’s altitude, latitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Generally the cooler regions closer to the coast are most suited to the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, whilst further inland (where the climate is much hotter) some of California’s most famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines are grown. The famous Ridge Estate is located here and produces some of the best and most sought after wines in California. If you enjoy Chardonnay, we highly recommend you take a look at Liquid Farm Winery, whose Chardonnay’s (we believe!) rival those of Burgundy.



Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

For wines full of character and high in tannins. Accentuates potency, concentration, extract and tannins.

Ideal for: Bordeaux, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Brunello, Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Sangiovese.

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