2020 SC Pannell 'Smart Vineyard' Grenache - McLaren ValeRegular price $64.00
100% Grenache Noir from a 65-year-old, dry-grown, bush-vine vineyard on the edge of Clarendon, farmed by Bernie and Wayne Smart.
"Intensely perfumed, strangely reminiscent of the '80s. It shows citrus peel, framboise, kirsch, turned rosewood and musk lollies. The palate is a flavour invasion of citrus peel and raspberry, musk lollies, cherry pips, rosewater and exotic spice. It's composed, juicy and seductive with velvety tannins and a 'gotcha' moment on the back-palate that funnels the tannins into a fine point. Achingly long finish." - Stephen Pannell
From a low-yielding vintage, this wine has such a precise and fragrant style with fresh and lively red currant, cranberry, strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas. Berry pastry and Monte Carlo biscuit here too. Vibrant and succulent palate with elegant tension to the fine, long tannins and arrow-like acidity. Raspberry finish. Uplifting and delicious. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
97 points - Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com
Perfume and pretty expression with white pepper, sappy green herbs, red cherry/currants, light-fresh feeling frame and a feathery presence of sandy tannin giving shape. Bright and vibrant expression, pure and glides along beautifully. Lovely, finer expression.
95 points - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front