2022 S.C. Pannell Little Branch Grenache

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Debut release of Steve Pannell's new baby from a vineyard in the heart of Blewitt Springs. A future icon on our hands here.

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Introducing the debut release of Steve Pannell's new baby, the stunning 2022 Little Branch Grenache.

Pannell purchased this gem of a vineyard in the Blewitt Springs dress-circle 2021, which boasts ancient Maslin Beach sands and 30-year-old vines. These vines, combined with the unique ironstone-flecked soils at 140 meters above sea level, bring a lot of character to this wine.

As always, Pannell employs traditional techniques like whole bunch fermentation and aging in old French oak vats. The wine is fermented with a small percentage of whole clusters and left on skins for 13 days before being pressed and matured. This hands-off approach really lets the vineyard’s natural qualities shine through.

When you take a sip, you’re hit with bright red fruits like raspberry and strawberry, followed by a complex array of spices—cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and cassia. There’s a hint of toffee apple and spun sugar, finishing with musk and rose oil. The texture is smooth and sophisticated, with stealthy tannins that build up slowly, leaving a lasting impression.

A remarkable first Little Branch release from Steve, and surely a wine to watch and collect for many years to come.  Extremely limited.

97 points
"This is an impactful grenache made by somebody who prizes Italian wines. The tannins are an immense force field, with kirsch, strawberries and dried Mediterranean herbs, and a note of almond husk that gives noble bitterness. The density, poise and grace are thoroughly impressive. This is a structured grenache built for the cellar."
- Ned Goodwin (James Suckling)

2022 Vintage

The second year of the current La Nina cycle saw a wild, wet winter and spring followed by a mild summer and a dry autumn. Veraison was two weeks behind normal, setting winemakers' teeth on edge. All were keen to get into vintage but were forced to wait, which made for some very clean wineries prior to harvest. Poor flowering due to wild spring weather including high winds, frost and hail led to lower than desired yields. Quality was good due to the long, slow ripening period. Whites retained great acidity and
reds developed depth of flavour and complex tannins. A vintage to watch!

Our first red wine harvested and fermented from the Little Branch Vineyard. Picked on the 16th of March and immediately crushed. Carefully fermented in stainless steel
with a small percentage of whole bunch. Left on skins for 13 days before pressing. Settled in tank for 16 days before transfer to old French oak vats for malolactic fermentation and extended maturation. Bottled without fining on the 16th August 2023.

Alcohol 14%.
3.39 pH.
TA 6.2.
Total Sulphur 53ppm.

Flavour Profile: Spice from the start: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cassia then spun sugar, toffee apple and red fruits, now rose oil, leaf litter, cedar and red brick; aromas that sway and swirl. Bright red fruits dominate the palate before a zephyr of spice, and a finish laced with musk.

Structure & Texture: Suave, sophisticated and intellectual, turning it on before stealing your wallet, and yet, a yearning for more. Stealthy tannin hidden by complex flavours. The texture has a pink hue and slips past the front palate with barely a ripple before building quickly to the back and travelling on. Flavours and textures that stay with you long past the first sip.

Cellaring: The first vintage so we'll hedge our bets and say 10+ years.

97 points - "This is an impactful grenache made by somebody who prizes Italian wines. The tannins are an immense force field, with kirsch, strawberries and dried Mediterranean herbs, and a note of almond husk that gives noble bitterness. The density, poise and grace are thoroughly impressive. This is a structured grenache built for the cellar. Drinkable now, but best from 2027." - Ned Goodwin (James Suckling)

93+ points - "A new wine! Hark! This is a grenache from Blewitt Springs and 30 year old vines grown on sand (with ironstone).

This is a vineyard of Pannell family custodianship. A touch of whole bunch in the ferment, and 13 days on skins. In the bouquet, lots of cherry elixir, maraschino, pickled cherry, strawberry, raspberry lollies and whiffs of aniseed, cola and cardamom/caraway seed savouriness. The palate an able reflection of the bouquet, a cinch of building, dusty tannin wraps up soft, sweeter fruit character, cherry-berry things, lollies and jamminess underlying. The finish a touch breathy with a young port kind of character. It feels work in progress for balance, and maturity should deliver the savoury edge some seek. Good drinking, in its youthful vigour, however." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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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