2014 S.C. Pannell "Old McDonald Vineyard" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1260122 96 points James Halliday

 Hand-picked from 72yo bush vines, open-fermented, 14 months maturation in used French hogsheads. Bright, clear colour; quality grenache picked at precisely the right time has resulted in a wine with perfectly pitched red fruits, supple yet savoury tannins, and passing hints of herbs and chocolate; the tannin support is perfect, adding to the savoury nuances that are ever-present in the wine; poise and balance. Rhone Valley? Yes.  (5/2015)

96 points James Suckling

 New name, same vineyard source for Pannell's Grenache. This has a beautiful sense of purity and pared back raspberry fruit aromas, other brambly forest fruits, some wild cherries too. The palate's bursting with deep flavorsome raspberry and redcurrant flavor, terrific depth and detail, great balance too, driving long and even on fine, juicy and lithe tannins. Drink now or age for 8+ years to get the best of this.  (2/2016)

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: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
The incredible purity and intensity of this wine is what sets it very much apart from so many ho-hum, excuse-me examples of Grenache. The nose shows pure wild strawberry and brambly raspberry, a kiss of new leather wraps around the fruit. Following is a palate filled with perfectly ripened fruit, crystal clear raspberries, garnet colored cherries, with length and drive that gives the wine a very serious tone you would expect from 75 year old vines.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2016 | Send Email
One of the purest most dynamic expressions of this varietal I have ever tasted. Steve's absolute dedication to championing this grape is fully evident in every swirl of the glass and sip of this vinous nectar. Effusive aromatics of liquored berries, sweet spices, dark rose petals, cured meat savory nuances. On the palate the wine is remarkably refined, polished and pure. Mid-weight fruit, with lovely "fruit sweetness" but without any actual residual sugar. The extraction is perfectly measured and oak very subtle so as not to detract from the delicacies of fruit. In the tail the wine has just a swipe of those "fine, gritty tannins" that Steve describes adding a lovely textural cut and extra definition to the wine. Simply stunning - world class.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2036

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
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:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14