2021 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache

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Steve's classic McLaren Vale Grenache - more layered and complex than ever.
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Steve Pannell has been a leading figure in the rejuvenation and reinvention of Grenache in McLaren Vale over the last 20 years or so. Here we see the next step in his constant pursuit of perfection for the variety.

This is a single site release from the Old McDonald vineyard. With vines over 75 years old, it's a great place to find perfect fruit for crafting a delicious wine - located in the Grenache epicentre of the region, Blewitt Springs.

It's the detail and drive in this wine that is so captivating. Impossible not to love.

99 Points
"A gloriously detailed, focussed and concentrated rendition of Grenache, this has a punchy and energetically youthful stance... Super-fresh finish with bright acidity. The fruit power here is supercharged."
- James Suckling (jamessuckling.com)

All the Rothko colours all at once and everywhere in your mouth: Ripe red raspberry pushing to black fruits with a bowl of pink watermelon and musk lollies, rose-tinted Turkish delight, dark toffee, brown spice, and shiny black cherry. There’s a push and pull between the dark aromatics and the red fruited palate. Everything left on the table! Generosity, power, grace, perfectly weighted, seductive velvety tannins that have an earthy warmth and are loaded with McLaren Vale sunshine. Width and breadth and length, wow!

95 Points - "This has quite a bit of sappiness and juicy, berried fruit amongst tart cherry, kirsch and cola characters. It’s fruitier than the exceptional Smart Vineyard 2021, but no slouch, just distinct, which is the point really. An element of jamminess, but a crunch and the swerve and chew of a firm web of graphite-laced tannin. Indeed, tannin is your friend here, a wine with great stretch and firmness from it, despite the sweeter fruit tendencies. Modern grenache in great hands." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

99 Points - "A gloriously detailed, focussed and concentrated rendition of Grenache, this has a punchy and energetically youthful stance. The nose has such fresh and vivid raspberries and boysenberries, together with some red plums, floral bursts and a gently sappy edge. Such pure fruit here. The palate has a smooth outer layer that glazes compact, fine and layered tannins seamlessly. Super-fresh finish with bright acidity. The fruit power here is supercharged." - James Suckling (jamessuckling.com)

93 Points - "Steve Pannell's fervent belief in grenache set the benchmark well before anyone else, infusing the region with
giddy inspiration and a belief in what is right for these parts: sturdy, later-ripening Mediterranean varieties. It
'aint shiraz. Grenache is the future. Older-school of the new, if that makes sense. A riff of eucalyptus, kirsch,
blood plum and ironstone segueing to a ferrous streak of tannin bridging attack to a long, effusive finish." - Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)

96 Points - "...It offers perfume and pastrami – red fruits and exotic spice. As usual, while the flavour of the wines something to sink into, the tannins are the outstanding highlight: super fine, flooding the mouth and at no point ever obstructing the flow of fruit across the palate. Magic tannins." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    similar but different to the Smart - both good :)

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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.

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