2019 SC Pannell Smart Vineyard Grenache McLaren ValeRegular price $62.00
Vineyard planted in 1956, up 230 metres above the level of the sea in Clarendon. Bush vines. Big old oak.
So exotic. So much spice and perfume. Cherry and berry pie, apricot, roast beef and roses. Juicy flavour, lots of spice, oranges, dense and tightly wound tannin, citrus peel and zesty tang to acidity, generous flavour but with a bony feel, very long with fresh raspberry and dried herb in the aftertaste. There’s a minor level of warmth here, but nothing of concern. Give it a little more time in bottle, and it will shine like a ruby.
95 points - Gary Walsh - The Winefront