2022 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache

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A rich and complex Grenache from 80-year-old vines in McLaren Vale's Maslin Beach sands, embodying the essence of the region through Stephen Pannell’s minimal intervention winemaking.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews

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This is the original S.C. Pannell Grenache, and it truly does embody the essence of McLaren Vale. It comes from the Plaisted’s Vineyard, where 80-year-old vines grow on 50 million-year-old Maslin Beach sands at 80 meters above sea level. This lower altitude slightly warmer site and very old vines give the wine incredible depth and a robust flavor profile.

Pannell employs a bit of whole bunch fermentation and ages the wine in old French oak vats. The grapes are hand-harvested and delicately crushed, with the wine left on skins for 15 days before a gentle press. It’s all about letting the vineyard’s natural character come through with minimal intervention.

On the palate, you’ll find dark fruit flavors like blackberry and dark cherry, complemented by savory notes of chorizo, sweet paprika, and hints of blood orange and pomegranate. There’s also a touch of Turkish delight, adding an exotic twist. Lovely soft tannins complete the picture.

The 2022 Old MacDonald Grenache is a flavour-packed and complex wine, probably the richest of the SCP Grenache trio, that beautifully captures the unique wine that is McLaren Vale Grenache.

95 points
"This is an immense wine, typical of the style that defines the region, which produces some of the very finest expressions of grenache in the world."
- 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!

Hand harvested on the 1st of March and delicately crushed. Fermented in one stainless steel open-top fermenter with regular pump overs, 20% whole bunch. Left on skins for 15
days before a gentle press. Settled in tank for 15 days before transfer to an old French oak vat for malolactic fermentation and extended maturation. Racked twice and bottled without fining, additions, or adjustment on the 8th of February 2023.

Alcohol 14.0%.
3.37 pH.
TA 6.
Total Sulphur 56ppm.

Flavour Profile: Energised and complex - so typical of McLaren Vale Grenache in a cooler year. The primary aromas are amped and loaded with tension: chorizo and sweet paprika followed by blood orange, pomegranate and Turkish delight. A year for darker flavours: blackerry and dark cherry compote served in a rose garden.

Structure & Texture: A blanket of flavour dialling up the power but delivered with grace and poise by tannins that throw shapes across the palate, starting with squares, progressing to spheres and finally the classic fine talc on a stylish finish that doesn't fade. Medium bodied perfection.

Cellaring: Many, many years of ageing potential, try 15+

95 points - "This is a chunky, earthy expression of grenache in this exceptional vintage. Notes of pickled ginger, tamarind and dark cherries. Hints of moss and iodine across the forceful, slightly drying finish. This is an immense wine, typical of the style that defines the region, which produces some of the very finest expressions of grenache in the world. Drinkable now, but best from 2027." - Ned Goodwin (James Suckling)

94 points - "Despite the cooler year, and the vagaries of the season, the Pannell grenaches of 2022 feel riper and fuller in essence. Not a bad thing, just a piece of commentary with the suite in front of me. Potent, full flavoured, decidedly ripe in fruit spectrum, sweet in its profile albeit tempered with pleasing bitter herbal elements, savoury notes and saline mineral characters. That being said, there’s some slurpiness here, despite a web of fine, silty tannins lending crunch and sandy pucker. Scents of ripe plum, raspberry jam, black jelly beans, sage leaf and bergamot tea. Exotic, and delightful. The sweetness is apparent to taste, a slick film on the palate and yet tannin profile tends to a chew and grip. It’s a heartier red, in its way, and does it all well." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Aaron van H.
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    1 month ago
    2021 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache
    2021 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Straight to the cellar

    I will be interested to see how this is holding up in 2031.

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    Anthony L.
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    5 years ago
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    2021 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache
    2021 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache
    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.

Visionary winemaker Stephen Charles Pannell Discover S.C. Pannell

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