2014 S.C. Pannell The Vale Shiraz Grenache

2014 S.C. Pannell The Vale Shiraz Grenache

Region:McLaren Vale (N/A) , SA

Style:Full Bodied

Producer:S.C. Pannell

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Steve Pannell's homage to his McLaren Vale home - a beautifully poised, old vine, co-fermented Shiraz Grenache blend. Stunning.

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Entire volumes have been written on Steve Pannell's influence on the Australian Wine industry. His remarkable trophy room is a testament to his place in the industry. Much of his success of the last couple of decades stems from his deep love of his home region, McLaren Vale. 'The Vale' is Steve's ode to his home. He describes it better than anyone else could: "The truly wondrous thing about wine is that speaks of where it comes from. All true wine has a local accent - something distinct and unmistakable that helps you place it in an instant. This old vine Shiraz Grenache is our wine of place and it couldn’t come from anywhere else but ‘The Vale’. The blend is something altogether more than the sum of its two parts – it is the Vale in essence, taste and character." With old vine fruit, only subtle oak use and co-fermentation of the two varieties this is concentrated, energetic and perfectly balanced all at once. 95 points from James Halliday, and a gorgeous red wine that really epitomises what Steve Pannell and his McLaren Vale home are all about.

What it Tastes Like

The funny thing about this blend is that on the nose it is quite easy to identify the different contributions of the Shiraz and Grenache - pepper and black fruits from the former and vibrant, candied red fruits from the latter. It's a lovely bouquet. On the palate however, I can only guess due to the co-fermentation of the varieties, the two grapes are seamlessly integrated into one. It's incredibly silky and textural, with waves of fresh berries and mixed spices. The oak is, as ever with Steve's wines, understated, with fine tannins aiding the finish. Balance, balance, balance!


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