2015 S.C. Pannell Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills South Australia

SKU #1260117 95 points James Halliday

 Hand-picked and sorted, free-run juice cool-fermented in tank. There is a subliminal savoury edge to the bouquet and palate, possibly from more than one yeast at work, and also to crisp, crunchy acidity. You pick up the extra level of flavour from ripe (not overripe) fruit on the back-palate and finish. Has the X-factor many Sauvignon Blancs lack.  (9/2015)

K&L Notes

Having S.C. Pannell as a K&L exclusive import is like having the national monopoly on Opus One. Steve Pannell is one of the most highly regarded and awarded winemakers in Australian history. Pannell has the rare distinction of winning not one but two Jimmy Watson Trophies (the most prestigious award a winemaker can win in Australia). He has directed the winemaking for some of the most famous properties in the country and is widely considered by his peers as one of the most talented vignerons in generations. He owns or takes fruit from some of the best vineyards in McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, thanks to many decades of building relationships there. Further to Steve’s previously noted acclaim, in 2015 he was named “Winemaker of the Year” by one of the most influential publications in Australia. After being introduced to Steve by a mutual friend, we have developed a direct relationship with the winery and can offer his wines to K&L customers at very economical prices, given their fantastic quality and pedigree. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Australia wine buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
A pure, crisp, racy style. Vibrant, mouthwatering acidity, citrus peel, yellow flowers, feijoa, green gauge plum and flinty minerals. From the cool, coastal Adelaide Hills, and area that is renowned for this varietal. Great with shellfish, crudités, or skewered lime shrimp. Great value thanks to our direct import relationship.
Top Value!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
This is my kind of Sauvignon Blanc! This has the tart, gooseberry like nose that I love in refreshing summer white, but does not go over into the hot-pepper zone that so many New Zealand wines do. This Australian white balances great fruit on the palate with excellent acidity on the finish.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
Wow, killer Sauv from an awesome winemaker! This is a great stepping stone into the Pannell portfolio that is full of beautifully well-made, well-priced wines. Super distinct, with a vibrancy that jumps straight out of the glass, this is a pretty, crisp blend of lemon grass and citrus that is absolutely refreshing. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few bottles while we have them!

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Adelaide Hills

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5