2018 Protero Capo Nebbiolo

Highly Rated
Excellent Nebbiolo from the Adelaide Hills, made by the legendary Stephen Pannell.

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If you haven't heard of Stephen Pannell, you've been missing out. He is one of the most talented winemakers in the country and we were thrilled when he first announced his Protero range, which highlights a single vineyard he has sourced fruit from since 2005. Nebbiolo is the star of the site, first planted there in 1999.

Inspired by his time in Piedmont, this is a Nebbiolo which speaks fluently and vibrantly of dried fruits, cigars, rose petals, terracotta, bramble and cherry liqueur. But that's the tip of the iceberg. The wine is gorgeously textured, with firm tannins and amazing length. It was built to last too, and the wine saw 100 days on skins before seeing time in old French oak before bottling. This is what Nebbiolo is all about.

"Amped and alive. The classic tar and roses followed by brick dust, dark berries, Luxardo liqueur, cherry kernels and pomegranate juice. A cool entry of black currant granita is joined by grenadine, sumac and stewed rhubarb all held together by a wellworn leather belt. The finish has classic Negroni, dried citrus peel, hawthorn berries and black tea."

96 Points - "A top-of-the-hill vineyard selection of vines and just 2 clones in play co-fermented with a 121-day long maceration. Nebbiolo's paler garnet colour is immediately in the zone, the aromas lifted, with a black cherry, leather and terracotta-like earthiness. Once all of these meld on the palate, the wine becomes intently more about its savoury and sweet umami elements, the variety's tannins wrapping up with a gentle force and subtle bitterness. Something special here." - Tony Love (Halliday Wine Companion)

96 Points - "A new top bottling of Nebbiolo from Pannell, this has pretty classical aromas of anise and red cherry with some orange zest, too. The complex tannin architecture is impressive, with a suave, velvety texture holding a fresh red-cherry core. Finely detailed and astutely pitched." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

Customer Reviews

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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