Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Stephen Pannell is one of Australia's most decorated winemakers, Jimmy Watson and twice Max Schubert Trophy winner, London International Winemaker of Year and Chairman National Wine Show. He found time in between tours of duty at Wirra Wirra, Tintara and BRL Hardy, to do vintage in Burgundy, at the illustrious Mouton Rothschild and amongst the grand old vines of Barolo. A choice parcel picked off a propitious block along Field Street has been cossetted from the artifice of winemaking, to eloquently articulate the scope and refinement of McLaren Vale Shiraz.
A single vineyard wine, from parcels of Shiraz picked off fully mature blocks around the Pannell cellar works at Olivers Road. The west facing vines were originally established in the 1970s and are stimulated by the invigorating Mediterranean winds off Gulf St Vincent. Fruit is treated to a fortnight's vinification on skins in tradtional fermenters, followed by eleven months maturation in a selection of seasoned and new, large format, 2800 Litres French oak vats.
Bright garnet red. Animated nose of violets and dark fleshy fruit, currants and festive cake, peppery plums and punnets of ripe fresh berries. A generous palate that's all about fruit, pastorals and aromatic earth, pliant, licorice textures over a length of yielding, ethereal tannins. The McLaren Vale of choice to accompany game recipes, wild birds and lamb.