2018 Koomilya Cabernet Touriga

Highly Rated
Dense and intense dry red from the Koomilya Vineyard in McLaren Vale, an unlikely but successful combination of Cabernet and Touriga.

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When Steve Pannell began to graft over some vines in the historic Koomilya vineyard to Touriga Nacional he didn't envisage blending it with the established workhorse Cabernet Sauvignon.

But experimentation bore fruit and he found a lovely synergy between these two sturdy varieties. Cab dominates, at about 3/4 of the blend, and its trademark cassis and herbal characters shine through. Touriga adds richness, dark blueberry fruit and some extra aromatics.

Extra large French oak puncheons, 50% new, were used for maturation. Both grape and oak tannins are present but are just support for a long, luscious palate that has no edges. Stunningly good wine but that's no surprise - we've long since been Pannell fans.

The nose shows blackcurrant bon bons, cassis, black tea, mahogany and violet. The classic Cabernet leafiness is toned and buffed by Touriga's dark floral notes. The dark, faintly sweet entry is delicious, the complexity immediately apparent. The tannins are taut and dusty, like splitting red gum for the combustion stove, and the finish has a precision, tension and length that means this was no accident; these two varieties are meant for each other. Just ask the Bordelais.

97 Points - "This is exceptional, although not for the faint of heart. A mid-weighted and immensely savoury wine that is compact, portentous and so tightly bound to a ferrous orb of tannins that it makes one revel in the anticipation of the next sip. Italian of feel. Steely of resolve. Earthenware, herb, violet, biltong and a dusty swathe of dried plum and tobacco. The tannins are reminiscent of certain Wendouree cuvées or better, great Taurasi. They are a forcefield of enticement, confidence and saliva-sucking moreishness. I want to drink this whole bottle solo, so good is it. A stellar wine hailing from a spellbinding site." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

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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.

Visionary winemaker Stephen Charles Pannell Discover S.C. Pannell

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