They illustrate what I'm hoping modern McLaren Vale Shiraz will be, which harks back to a tradition of what it looked like in the 1960s, without all the artifice of winemaking.
About The Wine
This is one of the single block offerings from S.C. Pannell's beloved Koomilya vineyard.
Where the DC block is all about ferocious tannin and structure, JC has a more supple and approachable personality. It's a wine where the tannins are beautifully ripe and meshed perfectly to the fruit.
For any truly great wine, balance is the key. This wine is bold yet perfectly balanced ensuring a long a distinguished life ahead.
This was named 26th in the James Suckling Top 100 Wines of 2018 with a staggering 99 points.
This is one of the finest Shiraz Pannell has crafted to date.
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.