2016 S.C. Pannell Cabernet Malbec

McLaren Vale, SA

Steve's ode to his favourite Australian winery - Wendouree. Power-packed and built for the long term.


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Cabernet is just in me, I can't get enough of it.

Steve Pannell, Owner/winemaker

About The Wine

Steve Pannell's favourite Australian wines comes from the hallowed soils at Wendouree in the Clare Valley.

The unique qualities of this almost mythical vineyard impart certain characteristics to each of the wines which could only come from Wendouree. These wines have been a benchmark in Steve's mind for many years.

This new release is Steve's ode to Wendouree, sung with a McLaren Vale accent. The Cabernet vines are 70 years old, the Malbec, 25 years old. This is about balance, density and drive. A wine that will stand the test of time.

The 2016 is an excellent first release of this blend.

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.

Steve taste-testing in his winery
Steve taste-testing in his winery
McLaren Vale, SA
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From The Producer

2016 was a vintage of two distinct halves. Winter and spring were exceptionally dry and warm, with irrigation beginning earlier than we can recall. To answer concerns, a number of rainstorms quickly changed everything, making 2016 one of the wettest and mildest ripening periods on record. All the red wines from 2016 are tannic and not dissimilar to 1996 and 2006, where the heat toughened up the skins. This should make the wines long lived.

75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec sourced from the end of Amery Road in McLaren Vale. The Cabernet vines are more than 70 years old and the Malbec 25 years old. Both varieties were traditionally vinified in small, open-top fermenters, spending 10 days on skins before being sent to puncheons in April. Blended in July 2017 before being sent back to barrel and bottled in February 2018. Alcohol 14.1%; pH 3.62; TA 6.5g/L. - Stephen Pannell

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Malbec (25%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2037
Bottle Size : 750ml


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