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S C Pannell - Adelaide Hills Syrah 2015


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Adelaide Hills
  • Wine Maker: Stephen Pannell
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 97% Syrah/Shiraz 3% Viognier
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now -2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2014) VS: 93 (2005) JR: 17.5 (2014) WS: 90 (2014) JS: 95 (2014) JH: 96 (2014) Misc: 94 Stars (2013)

Wine tasting notes

Highly perfumed, vibrant and complex with prominent black forest fruits, fresh peppercorns, and dried herbs. There is a lovely tension between the power and control of palate with heaps of juicy black fruit and a measure of peppery spice woven into a juicy silky texture and gently integrated dry, earthy tannins on the finish.

Winery Information

S C Pannell

Stephen Pannell is one of the best and brightest of the new generation of Australian winemakers. He spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for D. Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His father, Bill, started Moss Wood in Margaret River. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)91 pts

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!

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2005)93 pts

Jul/Aug 07. By Josh Raynolds. Inky violet. Highly perfumed boysenberry and blueberry aromas are enlivened by exotic floral pastille, vanilla and incense notes, plus a subtle hint of graphite. Suave and silky in texture, showing impressively pure dark berry and fresh cherry flavors on a midweight frame. Whatever tannins might be here are buried under an avalanche of pure, sweet fruit. Downright sexy shiraz, finishing sweet and long, with a persistent candied violet note. (2014)17.5 pts

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. 

Wine Spectator (2014)90 pts

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. Drink now through 2026

James Suckling (2014)95 pts

June, 2016. 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.

James Halliday (2014)96 pts

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.

Miscellaneous (2013)94 stars

Andrew Graham, ozwinereview - "While I've been critical of the inflated wine show score for this wine, what's not up for debate is the synergy of style, wine quality and the original intention for the trophy. This is, quite simply, a delicious one year old red, perfect for serving as a young wine in a wine bar (such as Jimmy Watson's). High fives Melbourne Wine Awards judges.A bright purple red colour, there no disguising the purple lift of the 3% Viognier. A flash of apricot on the nose to give the Viognier away there too. Beyond the Viognier influence, its more classic warm year Adelaide Hills Shiraz, with redcurrant fruit, red berries and a little vanilla bean oak, dashed with spice for good measure.What woos though is the palate, which is silken, spicy and gently berried all at once - it's actually quite pretty, moderate without falling into overt sweet fruit, or any sort of imbalance at all. The tannins are a little light - definitely not a driving, extracted style - but the elegance and that late hit of berry juiciness makes this a really fine drink.Arguably not for the long haul, but impeccably balanced, I'd drink this in a second. It really nails the medium bodied Hills Syrah style with aplomb and drinks beautifully already."

Vinification Notes

The Syrah fruit, along with 3% Viognier, was hand-harvested and traditionally vinified in small open-top fermenters with 15-20% whole bunches. Temperatures were maintained between a minimum of 15°C at the start of ferment and a maximum of 34°C at the end. Fermentation took 12 days and during this time the cap was hand-plunged and pumped over. The wine was aged for 12 months in large French oak vats and puncheons, 25% of which were new.