This old vine Shiraz Grenache is our wine of place and it couldn’t come from anywhere else but ‘The Vale’. The blend is something altogether more than the sum of its two parts – it is the Vale in essence, taste and character. 74% Shiraz from Koomilya (Upper Tintara) with 26% Grenache from McLaren Vale. Both parcels were hand-picked on 21st March and co-fermented, ...
This old vine Shiraz Grenache is our wine of place and it couldn’t come from anywhere else but ‘The Vale’. The blend is something altogether more than the sum of its two parts – it is the Vale in essence, taste and character.
74% Shiraz from Koomilya (Upper Tintara) with 26% Grenache from McLaren Vale. Both parcels were hand-picked on 21st March and co-fermented, spending 10 days on skins before being sent to old French puncheons for seven months. Transferred to a 2800-litre vat in December 2017 for a further seven months and bottled on 13th July 2018.
It has aromas of blackberry, liquorice, plum and dark fruit with the added complexity of iodine and ironstone adding an umami character. A complex and integrated nose finishing with nutmeg, clove, and musk. These two varieties unite to achieve a seamless, medium-bodied wine with a structured texture. The Grenache controls the mid-palate exuberance of the Shiraz and provides great length. Tightly wound, coiled and brooding. Long mouth-watering tannins. The mid-palate intensity makes for a very serious bottle of wine. - Stephen Pannell
Such deep and impressive, rich raspberries and blackberries with freshness and red-flower perfume here, in attractive plush style. There’s a very elegant, seamless and deeply spicy feel to this with such effortless depth. A blend of 75% Shiraz and 25% Grenache. Drink or hold. Screw cap. 96 Points James Suckling
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
SC Pannell 'The Vale' Shiraz Grenache 2008
"The idea behind this blend is to make a wine with more complexity than a straight varietal McLaren Vale Shiraz. I’m looking to use Grenache to temper Shiraz’s natural mid-palate exuberance as well as add it’s characteristic musk and Turkish Delight perfume. The tannins of Grenache are sandy or gritty and quite different to the velvety tannins of Shiraz, and these are evident on the finish.
The 2008 vintage in McLaren Vale was a vintage of two very different halves. On the 3rd of March a heatwave commenced which lasted for 15 days above 35° C, a record for Adelaide. Prior to the heatwave, the vintage was looking wonderful and similar to the outstanding 1998 vintage. With the forecast in mind we picked early, at a lower potential alcohol, to control the fruit-dominant characters imparted by heat.
The 2008 Shiraz and Grenache parcels were harvested, on the 28th of February, at 13.7 beaumé, the lowest so far. The wine has wonderful natural acid balance, freshness of fruit and elegance – it is closest in style to how I envisage this wine to be". - Stephen Pannell