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.
100% Grenache from 62-year-old vines on the Smart Vineyard, Clarendon. Hand-harvested on 11th March, traditionally vinified in small, open-top fermenters with no whole bunches. Spent 10 days on skins before gentle pressing and transferred to a 2500-litre, six-year-old French-oak vat and four-year-old French oak puncheons for maturation before being bottled without filtration or fining 11 months later.
Ripe raspberry, ginger snap biscuits and exotic spice, along with crystallized violet, and roses. Medium-bodied, succulence of deep red fruits, subtle earthiness, swiping left and right with emery board tannin, freshness and vigour, with loads of high pixel tannin teasing out a long, and perfumed chomping-on-a-perfectly-ripe-raspberry finish. It’s a beautiful thing. And I suspect, it will only get better with bottle age. Tasted: May 20; Alcohol: 14.2%; Price: $60; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2033+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Fruit comes off 63yo bushvines on a high, cool grenache vineyard in the Vale. It is beautifully composed. Bursting with cranberries and red cherries sprinkled with nutmeg and florals. Tending medium-bodied, yet structured and detailed with grainy, beautiful tannins and raspberry-sorbet acidity to close. Beguiling now and for years to come. Drink to: 2036; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: Oct 2019; Alcohol: 14.2%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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