2021 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache McLaren Vale – Stephen’s interest in Grenache stretches back to the mid 90’s upon first arriving in McLaren Vale. A preference for making medium bodied wine lead him to Grenache and the love affair began. Given the warm, Mediterranean-climate, Grenache grows as well in McLaren Vale as any of the more revered Grenache regions including France’s Rhone Valley, Priorat in Spain and Italy’s Sardinia. It’s medium bodied nature also makes it ideal for our food, life style and climate.
It is unusual and rare to find 100% Grenache wines, as most of the time it is blended. Stephen has been making a varietal Grenache from McLaren Vale for the past 20 years and can now provocatively state that he thinks it ages more gracefully than McLaren Vale Shiraz. Grenache will become McLaren Vale’s most recognised wine and our true wine of place.
100% Grenache from the Hatwell Vineyard in Blewitt Springs, farmed by Matt Hatwell. The southeast-facing slope sits at 80m above sea level. The soils are up to 56 million years old, Blanche Point Formation – glauconitic, fossiliferous, calcareous siltstone over limestone. The dry-grown, wire-trained bush vines were planted in 1943.
The aromas are brooding and slow to reveal themselves. You get the full whack of summer fruits including cherry and pomegranate. There’s beeswax candles, orange zest and delicate spice. The palate has flavours of musk, raspberry compote, pomegranate, molasses, terracotta and nori. The texture is all about the bass notes. The soft entry is a ruse, belying the powerful and textured tannins that gradually unfold. The finish is a contradiction with delicate rosewater and salivating length.
Grenache generally has two distinct stages of aging. The primary stage lasts for two to three years and it is all about the fresh berry fruit characters. The wine should then go through a quieter stage where the nose closes down. It is during this time the wine develops secondary bottle aged characters. This can take from three to five years and is a difficult process to predict and entirely dependent on how the wine is stored. Ultimately, and with the right cellaring conditions, this Grenache can be kept for 20 years
Single Price: $85.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $65.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $780.00