SC Pannell Shiraz-Grenache 2006
Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
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.
Australian Wine Companion - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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 Wine Advocate - "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.
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SC Pannell Winery
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 extraordinary talents and key winemakers in the Epicurean Wines portfolio. Stephen Pannell is a natural addition to this line up. Like Glaetzer, Pannell grew up in the wine industry. In 1967, his family founded Mosswood, the second winery and vineyard to emerge in the Margaret River district. Pannell’s Australian credentials include Seppelts Great Western, Wirra Wirra, Hardy's Tintarra and BRL Hardy Wine Company where he was the Chief Red Winemaker from 1999 to 2003. Pannell’s ambition has also taken him abroad where he has gained experience in Burgundy at Domaine Comte Lafon and Domaine del la Pousse d’or, Bordeaux at Chateau Mouton, Southern France at Jacques Lurton and Italy at GD Vajra Barolo. The time spent abroad has influenced Pannell’s view on winemaking, resulting in a conviction that Australia has the potential to produce pure and natural wines that are excellent without manipulation. Harvesting fully ripened fruit from the best vineyard sites eliminates the need for acidification and unnecessary handling in the winery. Pannell seeks to apply European methods to the tremendous raw materials available in Australia without sacrificing flavor and ripe tannins. The minimal use of new oak also highlights the vineyard and regional characteristics of McLaren Vale Shiraz. View all SC Pannell Wines
About McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the most-planted grapes of the region. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the region are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33 out of 5 stars
2 ratings, 1 with reviewMary R - Huntersville, NC48/7/201117/9/2011Very 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.