2018 S.C. Pannell Syrah
Includes 30% whole bunch fruit with maturation taking place in a large French oak vat for 12 months. Impenetrable inky black in colour with a deep dark purple black tinged hue. Nosing offers up a fragrant aromatic profile of fresh blackberry and liquorice which melds into clove, light graphite and peppered herb notes. Bright and juicy, the mid weighted palate is layered with refined blackberry, liquorice and blueberry fruits which have an underbelly of dried clove, spicy cedar, graphite and peppery leather like characters. Meaty yet texturally smooth it finishes with a lively freshness, polished tannins and an aftertaste that’s both elegant and savoury.
Cellar 5-6 years.
The last of the line for this wine, I believe, from a vineyard in Echunga sitting up at 410 metres above the sea. Hand-picked, old French oak and 30% whole bunch.
Effortless wine, this one. It’s all blue fruit, spice, lavender and grilled meat. Such perfume! (but savoury too). Svelte and spicy, medium-bodied at most, juicy blue and black fruit, intensity of small berries with fine silty, almost Turkish coffee tannin, black olive and dried herb on a long finish of poise and exotic scents. It’s a beauty. Drink 2020-2030+
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front