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The S.C. Pannell GST has been a hugely successful wine for Steve Pannell over the last few years, winning multiple accolades across the national Wine Show circuit. In some ways, this wine typifies Steve's philosophy on Australian red wines. The GST is about freshness and balance, a red wine that puts drinkability and versatility front and centre. All three components of the blend working in harmony. Steve describes the 2016 like this: "This GST is a bit like a blend of all the previous GST vintages; with the richness and fruit of the 2014, the perfume and elegance of the 2015, and the tannins that are the hallmark of 2016." Australian red wine doesn't get more glugable than this. Fans of this wine in the past should buy with supreme confidence.
What it Tastes Like
Red and purple berried fruit, floral trills to the aromatics, a lick of exotic spice. Such great volume of perfume, it makes this release immediately compelling. Slick and seamlessly balanced in the mouth with smooth, juicy fruit and fine velvety tannins. Glorious drinking. Spot on release from Steve.
Stephen Pannell blended the 2016 GST on 26th of April 2016 and it's drunk well straight out of the tank since then. Fruit ripeness and flavours are good but the highlight to the 2016 reds, and especially the GST, are the beautiful tannins. This year's GST is a bit like a blend of all the previous GST vintages, with the richness and fruit of the 2014, the perfume and elegance of the 2015 and the tannins that are the hallmark of the 2016. The blend itself has the most Grenache and the least Touriga Nacional of the previous releases.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
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 South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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