S.C. Pannell - 2018 Grenache from the McLaren Vale Guru
Winemaker Steve Pannell holds some of the most reputable titles in the Aussie/International wine industry. He is a Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, a McLaren Vale Bushing King winner, a two-time Max Schubert Trophy winner, International Red Winemaker of the Year and one of Decanter Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Contributors to the World of Wine. He is one of the most innovative and forward thinking Australian winemakers of our time and he’s pretty humble to boot! On top of that he is one of the trailblazing Aussies who believes fully in planting varietals for climate change. He is switched on about our world and he makes some incredible drops that are perfectly suited for the Australian modern cuisine and drinking culture.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining an online tasting led by the Guru himself. On taste were a plethora of Grenache examples from different vintages that stretched across multiple price points. It’s a very difficult task choosing which of Steve’s wines to drink today so I have done the hard yards for you and narrowed the picks down to three. With every sip I continue to be floored by the intriguing layers Steve is able to create. The ‘Basso Garnacha’ is Steve’s natural wine: low sulphur, unfined, and unfiltered. There is some serious depth in this wine and a tannic structure that is hard to find in this price category. Don’t miss out on this one. It is an absolute no-brainer.
What consistently impresses me with Steve’s Single Vineyard Grenache is how reminiscent they are of the old world, yet he’s found this harmonious way to blend the old with the new – retaining that Aussie freshness we know and love. The wines are fruit forward and vibrant, but hold some serious structure and tannin that would have you second guessing their origins. The wines speak individually of terroir and texture and you can really see this when comparing the two wines next to each other. I’ve noticed I am very verbal when drinking S.C. Pannell wine: “oh my god!”, “Wow”, “How does he do this?!” …gets better after a couple glasses.
There are some glowing reviews below by our trusted third-party critics. I am pleased to offer 15% savings on single bottles with a little extra love on six-pack buys.