2020 S.C. Pannell Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills – The S.C. Pannell label was born in 2004, when Stephen and Fiona bravely established a new brand dedicated to their adopted region of McLaren Vale. Perhaps most directly influenced by Stephen’s experience as Chief Red Winemaker at BRL Hardy, the choice of McLaren Vale was founded in the confidence of a region with an already established reputation, but, more importantly, also one that had the potential for a ground-breaking future.
The Adelaide Hills is recognised as one of Australia’s finest Sauvignon Blanc growing regions: altitude, soils and weather patterns seem to draw the best from this variety. Sourced from a vineyard in Carey Gully that Stephen has worked with for over twelve years, consistently delivering fruit freshness and natural acidity. Stylistically opposed to Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a wine more akin to the food friendly nature of Sancerre or Graves.
Dominant guava and pink grapefruit immediately on removing the cap. Gooseberry and classic passionfruit soon follow along with jalapeno chilli. Richer and riper fruit than previous years. Flavours of brown lime cordial, nettle tea and pink citrus. Long, persistent and nuanced with mineral acidity and a generous finish. An added level of complexity from the lees contact like a classic lemon tart. A wine with no corners.
Ready for immediate enjoyment. Try matching with fish keftedes in mustard and dill.
Single Price: $29.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $22.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $264.00