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S.C. Pannell



Garnacha   |   McLaren Vale - Australia


Basso is an early-release, low-sulfur, unfiltered Grenache that showcases the more experimental side of Stephen Pannell’s winemaking. From the Latin Bassus, meaning low, Basso is low in additions and speaks clearly of the place from which it comes: the clay, sand, and gravel soils of the McMurtrie Rd. Vineyard in McLaren Vale. Simply stated, 2020 was a difficult year (read: pandemic, wildfires) but thankfully, the days got cooler sooner than anticipated allowing for long even ripening.

This fruit was hand harvested and the grapes were inoculated with a wild yeast starter (pied de cuve) and fermented on the skins for ten days. After being pressed to old French oak vats, the wine was aged quietly for ten months, undergoing malolactic fermentation. It was bottled without fining or filtration and a small 27 ppm hit of SO2. If the idea was a bright, crunchy and yet flavorsome red wine…mission accomplished.


  • Grapes: 100% Grenache
  • Vineyard: McMurtrie Rd (McLaren Vale)
  • Vine Age: 50-years-old
  • Soil Type: Clay - sand - gravel
  • Viticulture: Sustainable - practicing organic
  • Fermentation: Pied de cuve (inoculated with wild yeast starter) – stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: 10 days
  • Aging: 10 months in large French oak vats
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • pH: 3.54
  • Total Acidity: 5 g/L
  • Total SO2: 27 ppm
  • Total Production: 2,000 cases
  • UPC: 9340076000346

Tasting Note

Raspberry liqueur, red apple skin, autumn, dark spice and cinnamon; a seductive perfume that is vibrant. The palate follows through with a very berry freshness from red to blue. The texture is youthful and magically medium bodied. Tea like tannins, that are super fine and linger, carry the red fruits. Beautiful.

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