2015 Koomilya Cabernet Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

A classic Australian blend from one of McLaren Vale's living legends, S.C. Pannell.


A strangely and unexpectedly Italian style.

Steve Pannell, Owner/Winemaker

About The Wine

Steve Pannell has a deep love for the classic old Australian wines of the 1960s.

It was in this hay-day that Steve says that Australian wines looked more like the vineyard than the hand of the winemaker. It's with this idea in mind that Steve has brought this classic Aussie blend to bottle.

It's predominantly Cabernet from 70-year-old vines planted on Koomilya with 20% Shiraz from some of the 'younger' vines (though still planted in the 1970s) on the block.

It's got power and structure and couldn't come from anywhere else but Steve's block.

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 the 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 taste-testing in his winery
Steve taste-testing in his winery
McLaren Vale, SA

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"Aroma: Western red cedar, red currants, blackcurrant, mace, rhubarb and vanilla pods. Palate: Medium-bodied, with a sweet-fruited, drying and persistent palate of musk sticks, Pekoe tea leaves, layers of red fruits, red clay tiles and pancetta. A strangely and unexpectedly Italian style." - Steve Pannell

Additional Info

From The Producer

The classic Australian blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon on our 70 yr old CP block and 20% shiraz o the GT block. Hand harvested on the 26th of February.

The fruit spent 14 days on skins, before being pressed off with the hard pressings removed. The wine was naturally fermented in open top fermenters which is the key to this style of wine, giving it greater complexity. Transferred to stainless steel tanks for 28 days, until completion of malolactic fermentation and then sent to 2500L vats.

Bottled on the 8th June 2016 spending a total of 10 monthsn in oak.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Shiraz (20%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2037
Bottle Size : 750ml

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