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2014 Koomilya Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

The first vintage of a future icon wine for the region.

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$65.00

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About
Out of the hundreds of vineyards I have visited around the world, this was the vineyard I fell in love with and most wanted to own.

Steve Pannell, Owner/Winemaker

About the Wine

The Koomilya project is Steve Pannell's "proudest accomplishment in wine." 

This single block in McLaren Vale holds a special place in his heart, being the main source of his first Jimmy Watson Trophy winning wine, the 1995 Eileen Hardy Shiraz. On top of that, Steve has a certain spiritual connection to this site, "Out of the hundreds of vineyards I have visited around the world, this was the vineyard I fell in love with and most wanted to own." 

Now as the custodian of this vineyard, Steve is releasing his first single vineyard wines from this block. It's his best attempt to distill this special site into a bottle. The 2014 Shiraz is stunning. A pure and powerful example of premium McLaren Vale Shiraz.

What's inside these bottles is magnificent, this is surely the making of a future icon wine for this region.

 

About S.C. Pannell

Quite simply, Stephen 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.

Steve Pannell at his beloved Koomilya vineyard
Steve Pannell at his beloved Koomilya vineyard
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

First planted in the late 1800s by the Hardy family, the vines in the Koomilya vineyard are now 70 years old. It is in the Blewitt Springs sub-region, with more sand in the soil than other McLaren Vale sites. The Shiraz fruit had a long maceration period and underwent open top fermentation. It was then transferred to a four year old 2,700 litre French oak vat and a three year old French puncheon to age for 16 months with no racking.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2050+
Bottle Size : 750ml

Steve Pannell taste-testing his grapes
Steve Pannell taste-testing his grapes
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
Campbell Mattinson

"It’s an interesting wine. Different, in a good way. It’s rich, sweet and porty in some ways; it’s very McLaren Vale. But then it’s dry, meaty, ferrous and earthen in others; the back label uses the words “Dry Red”, and it’s like the definitive version of those words. It’s a hulking wine, strapped with liquorice, firmly tannic, tense and taut but powerful and dense. It feels old-fashioned but not in a dirty way; in demeanour. If anyone ever says to you that They Don’t Make Things The Way They Used To, get them to taste this wine. It’s built to last. You’ll wear out before it does; your grandchildren will be swapping it around at collector’s meets in 100 years time." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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