2014 S.C. Pannell "The Vale" Shiraz-Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1260120 96 points James Suckling

 A full array of foresty berry fruits here again, all layered in neat, fitted together with the precision and detail of an expert joiner; this has impressive polish. The fruit aromas run through red, blue and dark tones, chocolate and liquorice, a hint of coal smoke too. On the palate there's a very supple, fine and even sheen of tannin, soaked in redder fruit flavors. This has terrific depth, elegance and purity. A blend of old vine Shiraz and Grenache.

95 points James Halliday

 A Shiraz Grenache blend, the grapes from old vines. The colour is vivid and deep, its promise fully realised with this medium-bodied+ blend; it exudes a sense of place, yet does so without the usual garnish of dark chocolate, giving the fruit a larger field to play in; red and black cherry, soused raspberry, and supple, generous tannins have been exactly measured.

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: 6/28/2016 | Send Email
Wow...this is an explosive wine. The purity of the fruit is incredible. Exotic ripe berries, raspberry coulis, bramble, Asian spices and burnt brown sugar. On the palate the wine is medium-full bodied with ripe, soft tannins, plush, rich texture and decadent flavor. All of this lavish, pure fruit and spice is underlined by fresh, juicy acidity and fantastic aromatic lift. There is just the right amount of structure here to give form to the perfectly ripe flavors. The wine has beautiful silky length on the palate and the concentration of fruit is long and energetic.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
The craft and skill of the wine maker is on full display with this seamless blend of old vine Syrah and Grenache from the McLaren Vale. The two grapes intermingle, pepper and spice from the Syrah, deep blue fruit and perfumed violets from the Grenache. There is power here, full bodied fruit and savory aspects are caressed in firm tannins and supported by vibrant acidity.

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- 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.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14