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S.C.Pannell Shiraz

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The palate is fulsome and juicy, with a succulent spiced fruit centre, mellow, chocolaty tannins, and a long, spicy, meaty finish that keeps on going, and going.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2011 SC Pannell Shiraz was made from a single vineyard situated in the Western foothills of McLaren Vale. The vineyard’s red ironstone and limestone soil produces a finer more restrained style of Shiraz with a complex flavour profile – less fruit dominate and typified by characters such as pomegranate and anise over an earthy, spicy minerality. 


Nose: This wine has classic McLaren Vale aromas: a blend of fresh red fruits, pomegranate, spice notes of clove and star anise and a mineral edge of seaweed and rust. 

Palate: Fine and elegant the shiraz fruit is seamlessly woven into a velvety, textured palate with lively, flavoursome tannins. Tempered juicy red fruits beautifully balanced with the spiced earthy, mineral flavours found in the bouquet that reflect the McLaren Vale.

Cellaring: This wine will gain complexity over the next 10 to 15 years if cellared properly. The younger this wine is aged, the more it will benefit from decanting a couple of hours prior to serving.

Alcohol: 14.3%

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S.C.Pannell Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; open-fermented in small concrete vats and matured in French puncheons for 18 months. While the flavours are in typical McLaren Vale mode, the texture is distinctly finer, black fruits, dark chocolate and oak seamlessly woven together, fine-grained tannins the ribbon that ties up the parcel.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
96
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Super-youthful and understated McLaren Vale shiraz, this wine loves the air. Ripe precise plum fruits and liquorice, some nutty older oak characters and sweet earthy spice; it's settled and oozes harmony. Curvy, smooth palate, really compact and brightly concentrated plum fruit flavour, tannins are fanned out from front to back. A soulful McLaren Vale shiraz without the attitude.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Fine-grained, smooth and silky, this long and finely balanced shiraz has a spicy, peppery bouquet whose blackberry, cassis and dark plum aromas are matched by spicy, peppery and briary notes, with undertones of baked earth and fresh, seasoned vanilla/chocolate oak. It's luscious and sumptuously flavoured without becoming heavy-handed, delivering a long, penetrative and rather funky palate of tightly knit fruit, oak and fine, silky tannins that finishes quite savoury, with a lingering core of fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Last year's release was good, but this is better. It was hand-harvested, turned into wine in open-top concrete fermenters and matured for eighteen months in French oak. It's a big softie. Meaty and tarry, sweet and smoky. Its luscious, raisined, bourbon characteristics are offset ably by more spicy, inky, floral ones. Chocolatey, toasty oak is evident but integrated, and the finish (indeed the whole wine) is drastically smooth. Complex, but jammy and sweet too.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A fine wine from the first whiff through to the finish and aftertaste; has intense black and red fruit flavours with no alcohol heat; perfectly integrated and balanced French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A particularly elegant example of 90-year-old McLaren Vale shiraz; bright and clear aromas and flavours of cherry and blackberry; controlled oak, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95

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