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S.C.Pannell Grenache Shiraz Touriga

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 Grenache vineyards are on deep sand with a north westerly exposure and are simply managed, without pesticides, to ensure the optimal expression of the fruit. The Touriga fruit is sourced from a nine-year old block in Langhorne Creek.

Vintage information

From November 2012 to March 2013 the weather was very dry and warm in McLaren Vale, ideal for these varieties. However the preceding winter in McLaren Vale was one of its wettest, providing good vineyard vigour during the growing season, good yields and intense flavours.

Vinification

The fruit was hand-harvested, crushed and traditionally vinified in small open top fermenters to optimise flavour extraction during fermentation. Temperatures remained between a minimum of 15°C and a maximum of 35°C. Fermentation was over 14 days, during which time the cap was hand plunged and pumped over. 70% of the Grenache and Shiraz was co-fermented and topped up with Touriga, then finessed with more of the Shiraz and Grenache to get the balance right. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel after which the wine was transferred to old 500 litre French puncheons for eight months.

Tasting Notes

This youthful, vibrant and fruit driven style presents lifted fruits of cherry and cranberry, interwoven with lovely dried spice, cumin, lavender and graphite complexity. Silky and slippery, it’s a flavoursome, medium-bodied wine. The palate is long and consistent with integrated tannins that provide for a balanced finish, and a synergy with food.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 69% Grenache/Garnacha
18% Syrah/Shiraz
8% Touriga Nacional
5% Mataro
Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker Stephen Pannell
Alcohol (ABV) 14%