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2018 S.C. Pannell Smart Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

A hauntingly beautiful Grenache from some of the oldest soils in McLaren Vale. So perfumed, so pure, and built to last.

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Smart is the finer, more perfumed style of Grenache...

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Steve Pannell has been a leading figure in the rejuvenation and reinvention of Grenache in McLaren Vale over the last 20 years. Here we see the next step in his constant pursuit of perfection for the variety.

This year he releases two single vineyard Grenaches from McLaren Vale. This comes from the highest vineyard in McLaren Vale, high up on a hill in the Clarendon sub-region.

The vines that produced this beauty are 63 years old. No whole bunches in this wine, the brightness and ethereal quality of the fruit takes this into transcendent territory.

Gary Walsh was impressed enough to finish his 96 point review with simply this: "It’s a beautiful thing."

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
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From The Producer

Simply stated, 2018 was a solid year. A vintage without extremes that was kind to both winemakers and vines alike. The fruit had lovely freshness and vivacity, the crops were of an average size and there was consistency throughout despite the dryness of the soil. Even the winemakers seemed to be enjoying themselves!

Hand-harvested on the 14th of March. Traditionally vinified in small open-top fermenters. Eight days on skins before gentle pressing. Transferred to a French-oak vat for malolactic fermentation and maturation before being bottled on the 15th of February 2019; 3670 bottles produced.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 14.20%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2037
Bottle Size : 750ml

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96Points
The Wine Front

"Smart is the finer, more perfumed style of Grenache, while McDonald brings the noise. Ripe raspberry, ginger snap biscuits and exotic spice, along with crystallized violet, and roses. Medium-bodied, succulence of deep red fruits, subtle earthiness, swiping left and right with emery board tannin, freshness and vigour, with loads of high pixel tannin teasing out a long, and perfumed chomping-on-a-perfectly-ripe-raspberry finish. It’s a beautiful thing. And I suspect, it will only get better with bottle age." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

97Points
James Suckling

"An outstanding grenache from old bush vines in the Smart Vineyard, perched up on the Clarendon ridge line. This has an edge of white pepper and pomegranate with notes of bright raspberries and fresh leaves. This wine fuses elegance and power with a sleekly defined palate that carries real intensity in 2018. The structure is keenly tailored. Long and taut, red-fruit finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com)

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"The provenance of the Old McDonald single vineyard comprises 76yo bushvines and is lighter and more perfumed than its sibling, the Clarendon Smart. Both excellent interpretations of their sites. This one heady with red fruits, florals, dried herbs/mint and a hint of green walnuts. There's a savoury overlay, with very fine sandpaper tannins and neat acidity sashaying across the just medium-bodied palate. Detailed, complex yet ethereal." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

95Points
GT WINE

"Another startlingly good grenache from Stephen Pannell. Savoury, earthy, smoky-oaky and subtle berry aromas lead into a full-bodied, firm palate with ripe tannins swirling around a core of deliciously sweet blackberry fruits and black pepper." - GT WINE

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So smooth it can't be legal! Wonderful drinking now, I can't cellar this! Help!

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