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S.C. Pannell

2016

‘The Vale’

McLaren Vale - Australia

About

The truly wondrous thing about wine is that speaks of where it comes from. All true wine has a local accent – something distinct and unmistakable that helps you place it in an instant. This old vine Grenache Shiraz is a wine of place and it couldn’t come from anywhere else but ‘The Vale’. The blend is something altogether more than the sum of its two parts – it is the McLaren Vale in essence. The Grenache comes from the 70+-year-old gnarly Old McDonald Vineyard and the Shiraz from Steve’s Koomilya estate.

The Grenache spent 13 days on skins (50% whole cluster) whilst the Shiraz spent 16 days (20% whole cluster). After a gentle pressing off of skins the juice finished fermenting separately. The Grenache was aged in a 50hL French vat and the Shiraz in 4+ year old puncheons for 12 months before being blended back to vats and settled for 4 months before bottling without fining or filtration.

Stats

  • Grapes: 70% Grenache - 30% Shiraz
  • Vineyard: Old McDonald Vineyard (Grenache) - Koomilya Vineyard (Shiraz)
  • Vine Age: 74-years-old (Grenache) - 46-years-old (Shiraz)
  • Soil Type: Deep granitic sand over ironstone (Grenache) - Ironstone gravel (Koomilya)
  • Viticulture: Practicing Organic
  • Fermentation: Native – stainless steel (30% whole-cluster)
  • Skin Contact: 16 days (Shiraz) - 13 days (Grenache)
  • Aging: 12 months in 50hl French foudre (Grenache) and neutral French puncheons (Shiraz)
  • pH: 3.48
  • Total Acidity: 6 g/L
  • Total SO2: 65 ppm
  • Total Production: 400 cases

Tasting Note

The perfumed musk and red fruits of the Grenache lift the rich black fruits and spice of the Shiraz. A complex and integrated nose, with plum, nutmeg, clove, and musk. These two varieties unite to achieve a seamless medium bodied wine with a silky texture. The Grenache controls the mid-palate exuberance of the Shiraz and provides great length. Tightly wound, coiled and brooding. Long mouth-watering tannins.