S C Pannell Mclaren The Vale Shiraz Grenache 2012



The rich black fruits and spice of the Shiraz are lifted by, and marry with, the perfumed musk and red fruits of the Grenache. The two varieties unite to achieve a seamless medium bodied wine with a silky texture. The Grenache softens the mid-palate exuberance of the Shiraz as well as providing great length. The finish is well structured, with savoury gritty tannins.

The Shiraz for these wines came from the 90 year old Quandong vineyard in McLaren Flat which is made up of shallow red ironstone over limestone. This is an area Stephen got to know well during the time he was based at the Hardy`s winery in the Vale. The Grenache is from bush vines over 65 years old, on deep sandy soil over a yellow clay with a south westerly exposure. Steve feels that the best McLaren Vale Grenache comes from these soils.

2012 was an excellent vintage in McLaren Vale: beautiful weather, slow even ripening, without extreme heat spikes. Spring was mild and dry. A moderate rain event gave the vines a much needed drink in February and again at the start of March. Yields were generally on the low side.

The Shiraz and Grenache were harvested and crushed together in an eight tonne open top fermenter. This blending of the grapes during fermentation is known as co-fermentation and results in a much improved integration and marriage of the two varieties than blending post fermentation. It is key to the quality of this wine. Fermentation lasted for 13 days, during which time it was pumped over up to six times a day and achieved a maximum temperature of 32°C. It was then pressed and the hard pressings faction cut out. The wine was settled in tank for four months where it underwent malolactic fermentation. It was then transferred to large 500 litre and 600 litre French oak casks for 16 months before bottling. 

14.2% abv

S C Pannell Mclaren The Vale Shiraz Grenache 2012
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