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S C Pannell - McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Touriga 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Stephen Pannel
  • Grape: Grenache Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 69% Grenache/Garnacha 18% Syrah/Shiraz 8% Touriga Nacional 5% Mataro
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5 (2014) JS: 94 (2015) JH: 94 (2015) WF: 93 (2015) Misc: 4 Stars (2014)

Wine tasting notes

This youthful, vibrant and fruit driven style presents lifted fruits of cherry and cranberry, interwoven with lovely dried spice, cumin, lavender and graphite complexity. Silky and slippery, it’s a flavoursome, medium-bodied wine. The palate is long and consistent with integrated tannins that provide for a balanced finish, and a synergy with food.

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 (2014)16.5 pts

Tasted Oct 2016 - Dark crimson. Very fresh and scented in a floral sort of way. Juicy and lively. Pure fruit and ‘a Swiss army wine’. Quite long and responds well to chilling. Perfect for Oz climate. 

James Suckling (2015)94 pts

Blend of grenache, shiraz and touriga. A core of red fruits and layers of licorice, blackberry and blue plum, handy spice and fine-cut tannins. Terrific wine. Drink now to 2022

James Halliday (2015)94 pts

Steve Pannell refers to this as an 'all rounder' on the back label and rightly so. Grenache offers its usual regalia of molten kirsch and florals; shiraz the warmth and anise and touriga, the indigene of Porto, the dusty tannins. Gluggable, hedonistic and far more than an analytical sum of its varietal parts.

Wine Front (2015)93 pts

Gosh, so hard not to just upend the bottle into your mouth. Smells hit your senses with a fog of sweetness, spice, savoury characters, herbs. A mesh of sensory pleasure. Slippery, silky, gluggable texture, set up on sweetish fruit, briar, very fine web of tannins. Fruit pure, vibrant and layered in flavours. Awesome drinking.

Miscellaneous (2014)4 stars

Sarah Ahmed, - "Aged in seasoned 500l French oak barrels for 8 months this is a distinctly spicy, red-fruited wine with lifted pine needle/resin, liquorice and chinato notes. Lovely freshness and subtly textured sandy Grenache tannins ramp up its food-friendliness. At the lighter end of medium-bodied. Super-drinkable."

Vinification Notes

The fruit was hand-harvested, crushed and traditionally vinified in small open top fermenters to optimise flavour extraction during fermentation. Temperatures remained between a minimum of 15°C and a maximum of 35°C. Fermentation was over 14 days, during which time the cap was hand plunged and pumped over. 70% of the Grenache and Shiraz was co-fermented and topped up with Touriga, then finessed with more of the Shiraz and Grenache to get the balance right. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel after which the wine was transferred to old 500 litre French puncheons for eight months.