2014 S.C. Pannell Syrah Adelaide Hills South Australia

SKU #1260121 96 points James Halliday

 Hand-picked, open-fermented with 15% whole bunches, matured for 12 months in large-format French oak. Spicy, peppery notes are liberally sprinkled on the expressive black cherry fruit of the bouquet, the sheer volume of that fruit not imperilling the medium-bodied nature of the palate, simply setting the scene for the remarkable drive and intensity of the finish and cleansing aftertaste.  (8/2016)

95 points James Suckling

 A very handy follow-up to the previous vintage which won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy, in fact, this could be a nose in front in terms of quality. The 2014 vintage was cooler, than 2013, producing a more compact, composed and muscular wine. It sacrifices nothing in terms of immediate appeal and polish though, all blackberry and black cherry fruits with plenty of spice, a little peppery edge and a thread of dark graphite-like stony allure. The palate is saturated in flavor with a mesh-like weave of fine, well-defined tannin. It's got all the promise of 6 or more years in the cellar, and all the seductive allure to drink immediately. Great wine. Best from 2018.  (6/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2014 Syrah has a black pepper and herb laced nose with a core of mulberries, warm plums and black cherries. The palate is elegantly styled and medium-bodied with cooler climate flavor expressions of pepper, spices and cherries. It finishes with very good length and harmony. This is a very impressive Adelaide Hills Syrah, bravo!  (7/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Effusive, with white pepper and rose petal notes supported by a mouthful of dense, chewy tannins, accented by a whiff of savory to the cherry and blackberry core. Powerful on the long finish. (MW)  (7/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark crimson. Silky and polished. Racy and really succulent. Treacle top note but overall it's not sweet. Great balance and length. Very bright fruit. Sinewy finish. 17.5/20 points.  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

**The previous vintage of this wine won the Jimmy Watson Trophy for Best Bottle of Red Wine In Australia** 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: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
Very serious Syrah, easily one of the best bottles of the varietal, at any price point, on the sales floor right now. This wine has lots of immediate appeal. Great aromatics of dark fruits, flowers, spice and game. Great texture ripe tannins and bright acid. There is no downside to drinking this wine now except that you can sense that this will get even better, a lot better.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
It's always scary when a wine wins a huge award--how will it be judged in future vintages...? Will it ever be able to live up to that reputation? The 2013 of this wine won Australia's most coveted award - the "Jimmy." In a testament to Steve's integrity, the 10cs of the wine I had ordered just prior to the wine winning the award was still delivered to us and the price remained the same. When the award was announced the wine pretty much sold out overnight...the 120 bottles making their halfway around the world might have been the last unpurchased bottles in existence! That didn't last long...when they hit our shelves that sold in an instant. This follow up from Steve is at least the equal of its much revered predecessor. As another commentator notes here - "this could be a nose in front in terms of quality." The basics are the same, this is quintessential cool climate Syrah. Elegant, floral, packed with violets, spice, savory, smoky fruits and pipe tobacco. A lithe mid-weight palate with vibrant acidity and a beautiful openness / drinkability. The price has yet again remained the same and thanks to our direct import relationship this is a serious deal in world class Syrah.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
Well, this vintage of of Steve Pannell's Syrah didn't win the best bottle of red wine in Australia award, but I like it anyway. Really this is one of the most sought after wines that no one has ever heard about, and is easily the best price to quality Syrah in the store. Medium bodied but still full of opulence and density, crushed violets, deep blue fruits, and a meaty savory quality check all the boxes needed to make a world class Syrah. Power and finesses are encapsulated effortlessly in a bench mark wine.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
If you think you can only get great Syrah, with robust fruit flavors from California, you'd be wrong! Here, you get loads of spice and fruit on the nose - and bright acidity with amazingly rich fruit on the palate. All the decadence and supple fruit you want, without all of the sugar. You'll be hard-pressed to locate a better Syrah at this price! As the hipsters are saying, Amazeballs!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
This bacony, blue fruit driven Syrah has all the power one could want out of Australia, and leaves the sugar behind. This is dark, brooding stuff with full body, silky tannin and excellent acidity. If you need a great bottle for the mixed grill at the next cook-out, I couldn't recommend this S C Pannell highly enough.
Drink from 2016 to 2024

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- 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:

Adelaide Hills

Alcohol Content (%): 13.4