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.
Pale brick-red colour, with a smoked-meat, charcuterie, dried mushroom and vanilla bouquet; pot pourri and milk chocolate, too. The bouquet is seriously fragrant and lovely: dried flowers and dried herbs, while the palate is medium-bodied and appealingly soft and supple, with gentle tannins and early drinkability. A very charming nebbiolo. It's arguably forward-developed, but the upside is it makes seriously delicious drinking without any waiting. Price: $38.00; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
A new wine from Steve Pannell. Plum, baked strawberry and rhubarb, aniseed, dusty spices, mushroom and flowers. Medium-bodied, juicy red fruit with a spicy and earthy character, orange zest, fresh acidity, fine dusty tannin, and a zesty and amaro-laced finish of good length. Great drinking. Really hits the spot. Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $38; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2026+; Rated: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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