2016
S.C. Pannell
Syrah
Adelaide Hills

2016
S.C. Pannell
Syrah
Adelaide Hills

This cool climate Syrah was sourced from Echunga, 1,350 feet above sea level in the Southern Adelaide Hills. The fruit is grown on well-drained, granitic soil, ideal for Syrah. The wine is called Syrah instead of the traditional Shiraz to stop confusion and pay homage to the style of wine it makes in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, where it is thought to have originated. This was the ‘Jimmy Watson’ winner as best red wine in Australia with the 2013 vintage.

The 2016 vintage was a vintage of two distinct halves. Winter & Spring were exceptionally dry & warm, with irrigation beginning earlier than Steve can ever recall. To answer his concerns, a number of rainstorms quickly changed everything, making 2016 one of the wettest and mildest ripening periods. These cool, wet conditions saved the vines. All of the red wines from 2016 are tannic and not dissimilar to 1996 and 2006 where the heat toughened up the skins, this should make the wines long lived.

The fruit was handpicked and vinified in small open-top fermenters with 30% whole bunches. A total of 17 days on skins before being pressed to predominately old, large, French-oak vats for 10 months.

Highly perfumed, vibrant and complex with prominent black forest fruits, white pepper, cumin and a hint of sweet citrus. The palate of this wine is the most interesting element. The flavors lead you to think that it is quite light, but as you taste the wine, the power and intensity unfurls to reveal a density that carries the palate further.

  • Region: Adelaide Hills
  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Single Site in Echunga
  • Vine Age: 17 years old
  • Yield: 2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Deep Granitic Loam over Ironstone
  • TA: 5.74 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.78
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Oak: 10 months in French tonneau (15% new)
  • Production: 2,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

S.C. PANNELL

MCLAREN VALE

Stephen Pannell’s reputation was cemented with his time at Hardy’s as Chief Winemaker, earning him a Jimmy Watson trophy in his first year with Tintara, as well as Decanter Magazine’s Top 50 “faces to watch” in the international wine industry. Stephen’s new venture has seen him secure exquisite parcels of old-vine Grenache and Shiraz from Mclaren Vale. Learn More »

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