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2015 Koomilya DC Block Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

A formidable Shiraz built in a cellaring style. Qunitessential McLaren Vale Shiraz from Steve Pannell.

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About
Above all, these wines look and taste, Koomilya.

Steve Pannell, Owner/winemaker

About The Wine

This is a very special release for virtuoso winemaker, Steve Pannell.

Koomilya is a vineyard on the very edge of the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. This site has grown grapes for over 100 years and now finds itself under Steve's watchful eye.

It's one of Steve's proudest accomplishments, and rightfully so, the wine is incredible. This is Shiraz as pure and unadorned as possible. The truest representation of this special site that Steve could produce.

A wine for the real collectors, this is premium McLaren Vale Shiraz at its seductive best.

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 taste-testing in his winery
Steve taste-testing in his winery
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

A Single block Shiraz from 80-year-old vines. Hand harvested on the 10th of February. The fruit, which spent 10 days on skins with the hard pressings removed, was then transferred to stainless steel until early May. The wine was then moved to puncheons for malolactic fermatation and maturation. Bottled on the 28th June 2016, spending a total of 14 months in oak.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.50%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2037

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Dark, rugged and voluptuous wine, here. Sumptuous satsuma plum, black licorice, and the faintest lick of oak. It ripples with tannin and slinks through the palate. Slender, but ripe, it's a hitman in an Armani suit. Simply gorgeous. - Different Drop Wine Team

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"From a block of 80yo vines on the estate Koomilya Vineyard. Hand-picked, 10 days on skins, pressed to tank, thence to used puncheons for 14 months. Deeply coloured, this immediately sets the rules of the game as it looks back 50 years ensuring it is the fruit that speaks, not the winemaker, St Henri, not Grange. Black fruits, sombre notes of earth and persistent, but ripe, tannins fill the mouth. The future of this wine stretches out of the horizon of the mind." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

DDS review

"Made from 80-year-old vines, wild-fermented and matured for 14 months in oak puncheons, this is superb shiraz very much in the restrained, age-worthy, old-school style (think Wendouree, Tahbilk, etc). Dense and tightly wound at first, it opens with air to reveal hints of eucalypt, concentrated dark black fruit, beef jus and supple, earthy, clay-like tannins. " - Max Allen (Australian Financial Review)

95Points
The Wine Front

"It’s quite different to the JC block, although, of course, similar. Like siblings, perhaps. Here we have cherries steeped in brandy, mint, iron, juice of prune and plum, though freshness is not taken hostage as a result. Dense, a bit chewy, a little warmth, but like a hug from an old friend, long lost, but well met. Ink wells and old desks, brine and blackberry. Sweet and savoury on a long and umami finish. Terrific. Verity and integrity. It’s a wonderful wine." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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