Grape: Shiraz, Grenache
Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Ageing Potential: Drink Now - 2026
Why You'll Love It?
S.C.Pannell was established by Steve and wife Fiona in 2004, but Steve's journey to winemaking really dates back to 1969, where as a toddler he grew up on one of Australia's most iconic boutique wineries, Moss Wood in the Margaret River. With more than 14 vintages under his belt completed at various vineyards both local and international, it is no surprise this talented man was awarded winemaker of the year in 2015. Steve has worked numerous iconic wineries including Wirra Wirra, Hardy’s Tintara and BRL Hardy, where he was Chief Red Winemaker from 1999 to 2003. He has worked overseas at such places as Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Burgundy, Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and G.D. Vajra in Barolo. His focus is simple, to grow and make what's suited to the environment at hand and produce wines that fits with our Aussie lifestyles. He doesn't follow a recipe per se and adapts his methods to what nature throws at him. He has won many accolades for The Vale which really does well to sum up McLaren Vale in a bottle.
Deep ruby red in colour with purple inflections. Blackfruits, blackberries, blueberries, violets, raspberry, vanilla and cinnamon notes. Palate is rich a voluptuous with velvety smooth tannins and a long lingering finish. Great structure and power from the shiraz complements the aromatic fruitiness and suppleness of the grenache. Expect a big red beast that's also got the elegance of a ballet dancer.