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S.C.Pannell Adelaide Hills Syrah

McLaren Vale, South Australia

S.C.Pannell

Stephen Pannell is one of the best and brightest of the new generation of Australian winemakers, having spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004...

Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d’Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale.

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Vineyards

The Syrah for this wine comes from the 90 year old Quandong vineyard in McLaren Flat which is made up of shallow red ironstone over limestone. This is an area Stephen got to know well during the time he was based at the Hardy`s winery in the Vale. The Grenache is from bush vines over 65 years old, on deep sandy soil over a yellow clay with a south westerly exposure. He feels that the best McLaren Vale Grenache comes from these soils.

Vintage information

2013 was a hot dry summer with very good winter rainfall. Fruit set was quite poor and this resulted in low crops and intensely concentrated wines. Harvest commenced on the 17th of March and was completed in three days.

Vinification

The Syrah fruit, along with 3% Viognier, was hand-harvested and traditionally vinified in small open-top fermenters with 15-20% whole bunches. Temperatures were maintained between a minimum of 15°C at the start of ferment and a maximum of 34°C at the end. Fermentation took 12 days and during this time the cap was hand-plunged and pumped over. The wine was aged for 12 months in large French oak vats and puncheons, 25% of which were new.

Tasting Notes

<![endif]>Highly perfumed, vibrant and complex with prominent black forest fruits, fresh peppercorns, and dried herbs. There is a lovely tension between the power and control of palate with heaps of juicy black fruit and a measure of peppery spice woven into a juicy silky texture and gently integrated dry, earthy tannins on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 97% Syrah/Shiraz
3% Viognier
Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker Stephen Pannell
Alcohol (ABV) 14%