The S.C. Pannell Field St Shiraz is sourced from two McLaren Vale vineyards, Olivers Road and Amery Road. In every sense this wine is at the heart of S.C. Pannell. It is a warm climate shiraz stripped back from the artifice of modern winemaking to express the purity and breadth of McLaren Vale fruit. For Steve it’s all about the preservation of fruit flavors without losing weight and richness. As for the vintage, 2021 was joyous. There was no stress in the vineyard with plenty of water and heat at the right time. An extended ripening period without disease pressure led to great flavor. The fruit was plentiful and perfectly ripe. What a strange contrast to the previous year.
The grapes were harvested between the 23rd of February and the 3rd of March 2021 in two batches. Fermentation occurred in open top fermenters with daily pump overs each with 14 days on skins before gentle pressing. The wines were blended and settled in tank before being transferred to oak vats for malolactic fermentation. Maturation was in a new 9000L French Oak vat and old French oak puncheons. It was then racked three times and bottled without fining in May 2022.