SC Pannell Syrah
The long awaited follow on to the Jimmy Watson Trophy winning 2013 vintage. The 2014 is in much the same ilk as its predecessor. Full of black fruit, dried herb and aniseed aromas. A beautifully powerful and elegant palate packed with generous fruit flavours, and perry spice is held in check with great acidity and fine silky tannins. This is a must have for admirers of the styles of wine coming from the birthplace of modern cool climate Shiraz, the Northern Rhone.
This cool climate Syrah was sourced from Echunga, 410 metres above sea level in the Southern Adelaide Hills. The fruit is grown on well-drained, granitic soil, my preference for Syrah. I call this wine Syrah instead of the traditional Shiraz to stop confusion and pay homage to the style of wine it makes in the Northern Rhone Valley of France where it is thought to have originated. I love making and drinking cool climate Syrah, and believe it has an enormous future in the Adelaide Hills. This Syrah is juicy, elegant and refined, but importantly still has an underlying sense of power and depth of flavour, and beautiful tannins. THE VINTAGE 2014 was a smaller crop (38% less than 2013) and later ripening, with harvest commencing 19 days later than the previous vintage. Fruit set was quite poor and this resulted in the low crops and intensely concentrated wines. The cool late vintage meant that no whole cluster fermentation was necessary. WINEMAKING Variety: 96% Syrah (Shiraz), 4% Viognier Varietal Origin: Northern Rhone Vineyard: Echunga, Adelaide Hills Process: Hand-harvested and traditionally vinified in small open-top fermenters for 14 days. Aged for 12 months in large format French oak vats and puncheons, 30% of which were new. Alcohol: 13.4% Ph: 6.7 TA: 3.13 FOR THE SENSES Flavour Profile: Highly perfumed, vibrant and complex with black cherry, boysenberry, with hints of fresh peppercorns, charcuterie, dried herb and sarsaparilla. Structure & Texture: There is a lovely tension between the power and control of palate with fresh black cherry and a measure of peppery spice woven into a juicy silky texture and gently integrated dry, earthy tannins on the finish. CELLARING This Syrah, if cellared properly, will go the distance for the next five to ten years, however, without question the wine is ready to drink throughout the next few years while it is youthful, vibrant and fragrant. SERVING The longer this wine is aged, the more it will benefit from decanting a couple of hours before serving. Don’t serve it too hot in summer, 20C is perfect and decanting can’t hurt while it’s young.