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SC Pannell Shiraz-Grenache 2006

Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH94
  • ST92
  • WS91
  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

JH 94
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.

ST 92
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.

WS 91
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.

RP 90
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.
Rated: 90+

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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 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.

Sonoma Coast

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline...

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs from the San Pablo Bay to the Mendocino County border. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the “true” Sonoma Coast, marked by high rainfall, marine soils, cool temperatures, and saline ocean breezes, from which one can actually see the ocean—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, creating a diversity of wine styles. Contained within the appellation is the much smaller and more focused Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.

Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah, with high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and fruit that is rarely overripe. One of the most favorable sites within the region is the Petaluma Gap, where a break in the coastal mountain range allows Pacific winds and fog to funnel through and cool the vineyards.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow...

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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