Nebbiolo is what my wife and I drink most often at home, during the week; you can have a glass with dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night and it will just keep getting better.
About the Wine
Steve Pannell's love for Nebbiolo runs deep. It lead him on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Nebbiolo, the famed hills of Barolo in Italy. He came back to Australia with a vision to craft Nebb to challenge the best in the world and he is making a great fist of it.
Weather conditions out of his control have meant that he has been able to release only three vintages in the last decade but when he has, each release has been more remarkable than the last. Coming from the cooler Adelaide Hills region Pannell has sculpted a beautifully perfumed, structured and rustic wine that is more akin to the similarly styled Nebbs of Italy.
Like all great Nebbiolo it's brilliant with food, and with its epic structure, it will continue to age gracefully from "now until Armageddon". This is widely regarded as one of Australia's premier Nebbiolos, and if you love Italian wines then this is an essential addition to your collection.
About S.C. Pannell
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 come from a range of stunning McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills vineyards, and are made from sustainable varieties that properly suit his South Australian climate. They're built around brightness of fruit and savoury tannin structure, and whatever your poison is Steve has you covered!
He is truly one of the most forward thinking and inspirational Australian winemakers alive today.
Nebbiolo is one of the world's truly great wine grapes. Most famously produced in the Italian regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, this king-pin of varieties is making a surge on Australian soil. A notoriously late ripening variety, Australian producers are constantly refining the way they grow this grape.
Nebbiolo wines are light to medium bodied with incredible internal power and structure. These wines can live for decades when grown on the right sites. The classic descriptors of 'tar & roses' are often applied to this variety but the scope for complexity and nuance in the best versions is virtually limitless. The life of a great Nebbiolo as it matures through the years is one of the great wonders in all of wine.