2014 S.C. Pannell Syrah Adelaide Hills South Australia
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
**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)