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.
2016 Review: 57% tempranillo, 29% touriga, 14% tinta cao from McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley, open-fermented, matured for 7 months in French puncheons (20% new). This doesn't rely on tannin to become full-bodied, just ongoing drum rolls of black and glace cherries, panforte, an old drawer of spices, the tannins so sneakily firm that you may miss them the first time around, but not the second. Whether you go back to the bouquet or just the palate, there are constant discoveries awaiting you. Drink to: 2036; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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