The culmination of Stephen’s many years of hard work and rise to the top has resulted in his recent release ‘The Capo’, an unashamedly amped up Nebbiolo reminiscent of the step up in concentration and depth found in Barolo or Barbaresco. Unlike the 7 day maceration of the standard Protero which exhibits all the hallmarks of a beautiful, easy drinking Langhe Nebbiolo, The Capo macerates on skins for 100 days, leading to more serious tannins and greater extraction. This wine represents the pinnacle of Stephen Pannell’s Nebbiolo journey - certainly to be regarded as the ‘Boss’ of Nebbiolo in Australia and world class!

Aroma: Amped | Perfume | Alive. The classic tar and roses followed by brick dust, dark berries, Luxardo liqueur, cherry kernels and pomegranate juice.

Flavour: Class | Grace | Charm. A cool entry of black currant granita is joined by grenadine, sumac and stewed rhubarb all held together by a wellworn leather belt. The finish has classic Negroni, dried citrus peel, hawthorn berries and black tea.

Texture: Layers of complexity and mouthfeel. The tannin comes in gentle but persuasive waves and the flavours meld with the texture. A tubular shape that fans out at the end much like a trumpet.

Today the company is managed entirely by Giovanni Abrigo and his collaborators. From the original 3 hectares of land belonging to the family, the company now has 21 hectares of vineyards owned.
The historic Monfalletto estate, in the Annunziata district near the darling village of La Morra, is made up of 28 hectares where Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera, and Arneis are grown.
“In a region full of outspoken, colorful producers, Sandrone remains soft-spoken and rather shy, but his wines speak for themselves rather eloquently.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate