SC Pannell Shiraz-Grenache 2006
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
58% Shiraz, 42% Grenache co-fermented for a seamless blend. The nose exudes fruit aromas of black cherry and raspberry, along with a musk perfume, which is derived from the Grenache. Hints of cocoa powder, leather and star anise reflect a true regional character of McLaren Vale Shiraz. The palate is flavorful, succulent and juicy. The beauty of this blend is that for a powerful wine, it drinks well at a relatively young age although it will gain more complexity over the next 7-10 years with proper cellaring.
"Vibrant colour; juicy raspberry fruits from the grenache supported by spice and dark fruits of the shiraz; hints of mocha on the finish, which is long and quite slippery. Screwcap."
Australian Wine Companion
"Glass-staining ruby color. Sexy blackberry and blueberry preserve aromas are complicated by suave Asian spices and floral scents. Deep, sweet and juicy, with powerful dark berry liqueur flavors, velvety texture and impressive back-end energy. The sweet red and dark berry flavors betray no rough edges and are shockingly nervy and focused on the finish. Balances richness and verve deftly."
International Wine Cellar
"Lithe and vibrant, delivering a nice mouthful of blackberry, currant, cream and white pepper aromas and flavors that zing right through the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2014. 800 cases made."
"The 2006 Shiraz (55%)-Grenache 45% was co-fermented and aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak puncheons. Dark ruby-colored, it reveals an enticing bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and blueberry compote. On the palate the wine is firm and tannic but balanced by plenty of spicy, savory fruit. However, it will require a minimum of 3-5 years of additional cellaring to fully unwind.
The Wine Advocate
Very disappointing -- especially at this price point. I bought a 2008 Marquis-Philips Grenache on closeout for $7 at a local (world) shop (market) that's ten times better than this thin, weak, nothing excuse for wine. The worst part: I bought two bottles in my initial order! Never again. It's in the Big & Bold category -- what a joke.
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The past year has yielded the discovery of a serious new talent in McLaren Vale. Since starting Epicurean Wines Benjamin Hammerschlag's goal has been to find the most talented winemakers in Australia. Some of the winemakers he enjoys working with and have the greatest respect and appreciation for are Reid Bosward, Ben Glaetzer, Ben Riggs, Dan Standish and Charles Cimicky, all...
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Learn About McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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