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S.C.Pannell Pronto Bianco White Blend

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Steve Pannell is one of the countries most respected winemakers. He likes to do something a bit out of the ordinary, and this white blend is an intriguing little number. Smells of citrus, green pears, tropicals and nuts adorn the nose, whilst the palate is lighter-bodied and talcy textured, with tropical and grassy flavours, crisp appley acidity, and refreshing lemony acidity cleaning up the finish. Great with shellfish!

Winemaker's Notes

The wonderful thing for me about the 2012 Bianco is the harmony of the blended wine - the sum of all the parts- Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Grigio from the Adelaide Hills.

In my opinion modern winemaking in Australia has been dominated by an overwhelming number of mono varietal wines. So much so that consumers now consider that a blended wine implies lower quality. To me, making a single varietal wine is analogous to asking an artist to paint a canvas in one colour – it can be beautiful, but the effect of a wider palette is so much more expressive. In other words: the blend is far superior in quality and complexity than the individual parts.

By combining the strengths of each variety; the smooth texture and pear flavours of Pinot Grigio,the lime, rose and zesty background of Riesling and the herbaceous tang of Sauvignon Blanc I can make a more complex, balanced and age worthy white wine.

The 2012 Bianco has a very complex aromatic profile predominantly of baked apples and stone fruit with a fresh citrus edge of limes and grapefruit. The palate is tight, long and zippy with flavours that dance and intertwine in the mouth. As in the nose, the palate is redolent of baked apples with complex white peach, nectarine and citrus.

Alcohol: 13%

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S.C.Pannell Pronto Bianco White Blend

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Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
Pinot grigio, riesling and sauvignon blanc meld together here to make a regional white that springs fresh from the glass, with a mix of apple, pear, citrus and tropical fruits, some savoury, chalky and grassy elements too _ really charming and laid back. The palate s supple and even, really nicely worked into shape. It has a gentle herbal thread through pear and citrus, melon and apple flavours. Chalky texture, acid closes fresh
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Good Wine Guide
92
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A nutty, floral bouquet of lychees, gooseberries, citrusy notes and fresh white flowers reveals an underlying note of spice. Backed by nutty, creamy undertones, it's long, juicy and evenly ripened, with a fine, savoury finish culminating in a mineral note of wet slate. Fresh, citrusy, riesling-like acids tie it together with dryness and focus.
2014-2017+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2013
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A blend of pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and riesling from the Adelaide Hills. This is a great all-round white that captures a sense of region as well as the cumulative varietal mix. The nose has citrus, stone fruits and grassy fragrant herbs; the palate's svelte and crisp, really nicely balanced and crisp as.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
An innovative approach to the all-occasion white wine, it's 44% sauvignon, 39% riesling and 17% pinot gris. More to the point, it's 100% Adelaide Hills and has plenty of cool-climate freshness and a superbly zesty palate. Citrus and tropical fruit flavours blend nicely, finishing crisp and juicy.
Now
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A Bill Clinton blend, simply because it can be done; juicy and fresh, a wine for summer and the beach. Sauvignon Blanc Riesling/Pinot Gris.
2009
Australian Wine Companion 2010
87

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