The perfumed musk and red fruits of the Grenache lift the rich black fruits and spice of the Shiraz. A complex and integrated nose, with plum, nutmeg, clove, and musk. These two varieties unite to achieve a seamless medium bodied wine with a silky texture. The Grenache controls the mid-palate exuberance of the Shiraz and provides great length. Tightly wound, coiled and brooding. Long mouth-watering tannins. Works well with all strongly flavoured meat dishes with loads of kipflers cooked over charcoal.
S.C.Pannell The Vale 2017
True essence of McLaren Vale in a rich multi-layered wine
Grape Variety – Grenache Shiraz
Region – McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Vintage – 2017
Winery – S.C.Pannell
Profile – red and black fruit, full bodied, spiced, complex
Steve and wife Fiona are the driving force behind the S.C.Pannell label, established in 2004. It could be said though, that Steve’s journey to winemaking really dates back to 1969. This is where, as a toddler he grew up on one of Australia’s most iconic boutique wineries, Moss Wood in Margaret River. He earned his stripes working with some Australia’s iconic wineries. These include Wirra Wirra and Hardy’s Tintara brand where he was Chief Red Winemaker from 1999 to 2003. He also worked numerous overseas vintages at Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Burgundy, Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and G.D. Vajra in Barolo.
S.C.Pannell winery is realised to focus on Stephen’s passion for the McLaren Vale region and its ability to produce dry – grown and environmentally sustainable Shiraz and Grenache. Its quest is for great “wines that are grown, not made”. Wines that are delicious and taste of where they’re from. Wines that are a natural partner for the food and lifestyle of their home. S.C.Pannell The Vale Shiraz Grenache is the essence of McLaren Vale coming from the premium wine producing subregion of Upper Tintara.
Steve Pannell is one of the most liked and respected winemakers in the business. He is also loved by a wine-drinking public. One looking for refreshing, aromatic white wines and reds that are approachable and moreish. In essence, wines that are serious while remaining irresistible to drink.
Steve’s career highlights include: International Red Winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge 1999, Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year in 2015, and being named one of the 50 most influential contributors to the world of wine by Decanter Magazine. Steve has also received accolades from international wine writers such as “one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wine in our age.
Accolades & Awards
94 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion.