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S.C.Pannell Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo

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This may well be the closest thing we have in Australia to how nebbiolo is supposed to be. Steve Pannell is one of the most experienced winemakers in the country with the variety - and it shows! Nebbiolo is like pinot noir with balls, and this one shows scents of dark berries and cherries float around the glass, along with fragrant roses and deli-meats. The palate is medium-bodied, with dark, sweet fruit flavours, fine, chalky tannins, and a long, sauntering finish. Ideal with all kinds of food, and will kick on for a couple more years yet.

Winemaker's Notes

This is the fifth release of our Nebbiolo - a blend of five different clones from vineyards in Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills that are now certified organic. 

This 2009 Nebbiolo is a seductive, elegant and understated wine with generous perfumed aromas, concentrated black currant and black cherry flavours supported by earthy, savoury tones, great acids and a fine, medium-bodied palate. 

Nose:An extremely perfumed wine with varietal aromas of roses, cherries and hints of wet earth and leather.

Palate: The palate is medium to light bodied and the tannins are flavoursome, lip smacking and long.

Cellaring: The beauty of this wine is the fantastic acid structure, allowing an aging process of at least ten years. It is therefore best decanted a couple of hours before serving.

Alcohol: 14.5%

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S.C.Pannell Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo

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Jeremy Oliver says
A convincing, complex and gentle wine with a fine, correct, powdery texture and appealing complexity. It's musky and spicy, meaty and floral, scented with delicate scents of cherries and plums. Supported by fine tannins, it's long but restrained, with a lively presence of cherry/plum flavour developing more meaty and herbal character as it slowly ages.
2017-2021
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The pale colour is typical of this fragrant grape, and Pannell doesn t push it hard or pump it up; it s left to offer the lilting, charming, spicy cherry fruits and rose petal fragrance that inherently comes with this variety in the Adelaide Hills, showing a more delicate side. The palate is really supple and juicy, with sturdy, muscular tannins pulling creamy, spiced cherry flavour along, stretching deep through the finish. Nicely balanced and beautifully resolved wine.
Good Wine Guide 2013
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A fragrant and approachable vintage from this small Adelaide-based producer that delivers plenty of red and purple berry fruits amid gentle spice and rose-like perfume. Structure is gentle yet sturdy and while this will age evenly and reliably, it is open enough and soft enough in the tannin department to please right now. Decanting is a must. Now to 201 7.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
True nebbiolo brick colour; restrained with red fruit and a touch of sage; the palate is strict, firm and high acid; complex and intriguing, and a good example of the variety. Better your money than mine.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Steve Pannell is a frontier producer of fine Australian nebbiolo. You have to get your head around it. You could call it dry, tannic and hard. Then again, you could call it deliciously perfumed, spicy and firm, with long, leathery, smoky tannins and an intriguing aftertaste - a mix of chocolate and tar, perhaps. It needs a few more years to mature, but it's possible that here we have a special wine, just waiting to unfurl.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Hand-harvested; five clones; open-fermented for 18 days; old oak puncheons for 28 months. It's a long and hard road, and those tannins are still there waiting to stitch your mouth together. Points are largely meaningless
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Angus Hughson (2006 Vintage) says
Nebbiolo is notoriously hard to make with this the most fickle of grapes. In Australia there are plenty of winemakers having a stab and one of the very best is the Pannell wine from the Adelaide Hills. Stephen has got his hands on fruit from some of the area's warmer vineyards giving real density to the palate with some of the tell-tale Nebbiolo aromas poking through. It begins shy with rose petal, and pot pouri fruit then builds black cherry and tarry flavours in the mouth with rustic tannic grip and fine length. It may not be Barolo but it is a serious Australian Nebbiolo.
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
More spicy and red fruit aromas than many, though the palate is dominated by nebbiolo tannins. Not to be undertaken lightly; bistecca fiorentina needed.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Pannell's passion for this Italian variety is evident and it's given full voice here: earthy spiced cherry aromas, anise and sweet rose perfume. The palate is a duet of acidity and tannin, flavours fold through; it's juicy, demanding and engaging stuff. Bravo!
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
2005 RELEASE Here's where things get interesting. Every time anyone releases a 'serious' nebbiolo in Australia a whole gang of folks prick up their ears, in the hope that they can get a decent nebbiolo fix. This one has excellent components: flavours of tar, jubes, aniseed and roses, though these flavours are muddied somewhat by an intrusive level of alcohol. Its tannins are tough to the point of pulling the wine up short, but I suspect that time will ease this problem - or I hope so. Well worth keeping an eye on. DRINK 2010-2015.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
89

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