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The Adelaide Hills Syrah has become one of the most sort after wines in the S.C. Pannell range.
As is often the case, subsequent vintages of a Jimmy Watson winning wine will be ‘better’ than the award winner. For punters who have missed out on previous vintages, Steve has said that this is his favourite vintage of the wine to date.
It’s a stunning vineyard in Echunga, in the south of the Hills that produces this remarkable fruit, and in a near perfect season like 2015, it really sings.
This is the embodiment of modern cool-climate Syrah. A classy and sophisticated wine driven by perfume and spice. It’s stunning.
What It Tastes Like
Floral top notes over charcuterie, pepper and plums. There’s soft licorice and clove notes and a dusting of dried sage. It’s beautiful to smell. It cuts a long, deep trench through the mouth, spraying sweet summer berries, exotic spices and crunchy tannins off in its wake. Long and slender but with a little muscle. Fantastic gear, this.
2014 vintage: 96 points. “Hand-picked, open-fermented with 15% whole bunches, matured for 12 months in large-format French oak. Spicy, peppery notes are liberally sprinkled on the expressive black cherry fruit of the bouquet, the sheer volume of that fruit not imperilling the medium-bodied nature of the palate, simply setting the scene for the remarkable drive and intensity of the finish and cleansing aftertaste.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
2015 S.C. Pannell Adelaide Hills Syrah
Remember how James Halliday called the Jimmy Watson-winning 2013 S.C. Pannell Adelaide Hills Syrah the “poster child of savoury-accented Australian red wine”? Well - emblematic, charismatic and extremely addictive - the poster child is back. We’re really pleased to present the latest release of this modern classic from Stephen Pannell, from the exceptional 2015 vintage in the Adelaide Hills. “I think and hope this will turn out to be one of the best wines we’ve made,” says the man himself. It’s got all the hallmarks of the Jimmy-winning 2013: the lovely lift, bright, transparent fruit and spicy depth, not to mention the freshness and texture that have become a synonymous with the Pannell reds. If anything, you might say this 2015 is a touch more “grown up” – but without losing any of the instant charm and youthful exuberance that made the ’13 such a bloody pleasure to drink.
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING This single-vineyard, cool-climate Syrah was sourced from Echunga, 410 metres above sea level in the southern Adelaide Hills. The fruit is grown on well-drained, granitic soil - Steve’s preference for Syrah. Hand-harvested and traditionally vinified in small open-top fermenters. Aged for 10 months in large-format French oak vats and puncheons.
TASTING Fresh cranberry and cherry on the nose, with oodles of spice and dried herbs, plus white pepper. There’s a hint of mandarin-like citrus in the background. It’s the silky, slippery medium-bodied palate that’s most interesting with this wine, though. The aromatics and flavours lead you into thinking it’s quite light but as you taste it, the power and intensity unfurl to reveal density and spine, carrying it long through the finish.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Quite simply, Steven Pannell is one of Australia’s finest and most imaginative winemakers. He’s a Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, a McLaren Vale Bushing King winner, a two-time Max Schubert Trophy winner, International Red Winemaker of the Year and Decanter Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Contributors to the World of Wine. Nick Stock described him as potentially “one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wines in our age”.
Steve’s wines are made with modern Australian food and wine culture at the front of mind. The wines, such as his lauded Tempranillo Touriga blend, defy convention but place freshness and versatility front and centre. He is truly one of the most forward thinking and inspirational Australian winemakers alive today.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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