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