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Stephen Pannell grew up in the wine industry as a member of the family which founded Moss Wood in 1967. Stephen's extensive knowledge and experience has been garnered over the years from his work with many of Australia's best wineries (including Wirra Wirra, Hardy's Tintara and BRL Hardy where he was Chief Red Winemaker from 1999 to 2003) and numerous vintages overseas at such places as Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Burgundy, Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and G.D.Vajra in Barolo. Other highlights in Stephen's career include winning the title of International Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London, winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, twice winning the Max Schubert Trophy at the Adelaide Wine Show as well as being listed as one of the 50 most influential contributors to the world of wine by Decanter Magazine.

The 2015 is highly perfumed, vibrant and complex on the nose with black cherry, boysenberry, fresh peppercorns, charcuterie, dried herbs and sarsaparilla. The palate shows a lovely tension between power and control, with fresh black cherry and a measure of peppery spice woven into a juicy, silky texture and gently integrated, dry, earthy tannins on the finish. This cool-climate Syrah was sourced from Echunga, 410mabove sea level in the southern Adelaide Hills. 

This bright crimson wine sheds its initial shaft of reduction with a twirl of the wrist, delivering tapenade, blue and black fruit flavours and a skein of peppery tannin melded to a rasp of briar, indicating the 20% of stems in the ferment. The oak is absorbed by the fruit; the finish taut, persistent and highly refreshing. Drink by: 2035; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion



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