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Showing posts with label SC Pannell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SC Pannell. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015 SC Pannell Aromatico

I sure do love a good blend of aromatic white wine varietals. They tend to really suit these warmer summer months, as well as my penchant for spicy S.E. Asian dishes. This one comes from one of Australia's most celebrated wine makers S.C. Pannell, who has been producing a lot of great wines over the past few years. This one is a blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris.

Aromas of lychee and rosewater alongside lime and a hint of pear. The palate is clean with citrus tang and maybe a touch of saline character, which adds some nice complexity.

Overall, a fun, delicious, and crowd pleasing wine.

Price:      $25
Source:   Wine Emporium
Varietal:  Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris  
Tasted:    December 2015
Rating:    94
Website: www.pannell.com.au



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2010 S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo


S.C. Pannell's sixth release of Nebbiolo consists of a blend of five different clones from the Adelaide Hills. This wine had an extended 24 day maceration imparting unique tannin characteristics. The wine then spent 21 months in old Hungarian oak puncheons, resulting in great varietal expression that is not overwhelmed by oak.

Remarkably orange in color for a wine this age. Still plenty of ripe cherry, rose, and earthy aromas. Medium bodied with fine grippy tannins and a slightly savory finish. Paired excellent with butternut pumpkin Gnocchi. A real treat and drinking very well at the moment.

Price:     $50
Source:  City Wine Shop, Melbourne
Varietal: Nebbiolo
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   95

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2013 S.C. Pannell Syrah

S.C. Pannell has quickly become one of my favorite wine makers, as of late. He seems to have the right balance between exploring different varietals and wine making styles, and knowing what works well here in Australia. I was pleased to see this wine recently win the Jimmy Watson trophy, however had it been up to me I would have probably picked his even more amazing Grenache.

This was for me an excellent example of what can be done with Shiraz in the cooler wine growing regions of Australia, such as the Adelaide Hills. Refined with nice tight structure and some mineral elements. Still has many of the things I've come to expect from good Australian shiraz. Already drinking beautifully, but sure to reward a bit of patience over the next few years.

Price:     $30
Source: Craft Red Hill
Varietal: Shiraz
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.pannell.com.au


Sunday, October 26, 2014

2013 S.C. Pannell TempranilloTouriga

S.C., Pannell was recently awarded the Jimmy Watson trophy for his 2013 Syrah (reviewed here), however it's really his work with Grenache, Tempranillo, and Touriga Nacional that have me excited. This is another beautiful wine from a great wine maker. An easy drinking wine perfect to share with friends. Excellent with cured meats and soft cheeses.

Nice aromatics displaying characters of blackberry, jasmine, and some nutmeg spice. A medium bodied wine, juicy with mild but grippy tannins. An easy drinking and food friendly wine.

Price:     $25
Source: Craft, Red Hill
Varietal: Tempranillo (72%) Touriga (28%)
Tasted: October 2014
Rating:   92
Website: www.pannell.com.au



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2012 SC Pannell Tinto

I came across the following quote from wine writer Nick Stock, regarding winemaker SC Pannell: "I wouldn't be surprised if in 40 years time that we’re talking about this guy as one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wine in our age." So, the bar was set pretty high before I even tried this wine. I was still super impressed with this one, and look forward to trying the rest of his range.

Stephen Pannell was chief winemaker at Hardys, prior to founding his own McLaren Vale winery in 2004. Since then his goal has been to produce wines that express a sense of place. He's approached this by using natural yeasts for fermentation, and minimizing contact with oak.


The Tinto is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Touriga Nacional, a wine grape considered by many to be Portugal's finest.  A very inviting nose, with an interesting mix of sweet raspberry and cherry alongside some savory notes. The palate follows through with more berries and wonderful soft but textural tannins. Reminiscent of some of my favorite elements in good Rioja, with the plus of great aromatic intensity.  

I'll definitely buy this again. Drank great with a margherita pizza, and I imagine it would suit many other styles of food. Definitely over-delivers for this price.

Price:     $23
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (60%), Touriga Nacional (40%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.pannell.com.au