2020 SC Pannell 'Old McDonald Vineyard' Grenache - McLaren ValeRegular price $64.00
For Delivery after 1 June 2022
100% Grenache Noir from 78-year-old vines from the Hatwell vineyard, Blewitt Springs.
"Aromas of ripe raspberry, damson plum compote, candlewax and polished exotic wood, red lipstick, dark chocolate, Turkish delight and violets. The palate is a flavour explosion of cherry, cranberry, spice and rose petals. The tannins are like a skeleton holding the flavour together before sneaking back to the front of the palate and starting all over again. Reminiscent of young Nebbiolo." - Stephen Pannell
"A rich blueberry fruit nose with violet, dark nectarine and some exotic tamarillo and papaya too. Pungent and distinctive. The palate has a fleshy core of plush fruit with commanding tannins that have so much power and energy but are delivered with grace. The flavours are blood orange, pink grapefruit, goji and red currant and are concentrated to the very end. Refreshing and packed with interest. Drink over the next decade. Screw cap."
98 points - Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com
"A more successful vintage across the elevated sands of Blewitt Springs than Clarendon. Delicious wine. Kirsch, thyme, dried rosemary, lavender, mint and florals, tiptoeing along a balance beam of fibrous tannins and saline freshness. Nothing drying. A squeaky pucker to the finish. Aussie sweet fruit, to be sure. But tamed. Long, flowing, and sandy of aura. Bravo!"
95 points - Ned Goodwin MW - Halliday Wine Companion