SC Pannell Syrah 2016
Sub-Region: McLaren Vale
Critic Score: 96 Points
Critic: James Halliday
Drink From: 2020
Drink To: 2036
JAMES HALLIDAY, 96pts:
Hand-picked, open-fermented with 30% whole bunches, 10 months in large French oak vats and puncheons. A very smart wine. The bouquet offers a combination of black fruits and stern spices, plus a waft of oak. The medium-bodied palate seamless picks up the theme in a star dust of spicy/peppery flavours and texture. It is at once powerful, yet calmly insistent. Drink 2020-2036
JAMES SUCKLING, 95pts:
The purity of fruit is impressive to say the least. The blue fruits just keep on coming with notes of brambleberries, dark cherries, dark plums, pressed violets, acai berries, elderberries. Citrus, nutmeg, licorice, dark chocolate and charcoal follow. Very tight and chewy on the palate, which is so structured and fine-tuned. Full body, grainy and encompassing tannins and a long, steely finish. Edgy and silky at the same time. Drink in 2028.
HUON HOOKE, 95pts:
Deep, dark red/purple colour with a spicy, floral, gently bunchy aroma which is fresh and inviting. Some coal-dust and charcoaly notes. The wine is medium to full-bodied and packs a solid grip, all things in good balance, though. It has richness, intensity, and excellent length. A very smart red that's approachable young but will certainly age long-term.
Sourced from a vineyard in Echunga, 410 metres above sea leveland justdown the road from the fist vineyard planted in South Australia. Steve has worked with this vineyard now since 2010 and in 2014 won him the Jimmy Watson for the 2013 vintage. The fruit is grown onwell-drained, granitic soil, Steve’spreference for Syrah. A Syrah instead of the traditional Shiraz to stop confusion and pay homage to the cool climate style madein the Northern Rhone Valley of France,where it is thought to have originated.This vintage is naturally riper and as with all 2016’s, more tannic.
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