S.C. Pannell The Vale Grenache Shiraz 2016S.C. Pannell
ORIGIN: Australia (McLaren Vale)
GRAPE VARIETAL: Grenache (70%), Shiraz (30%)
2016 was a vintage of two distinct halves. Winter & Spring were exceptionally dry & warm, with irrigation beginning earlier than Steve can ever recall. To answer our concerns, a number of rainstorms quickly changed everything, making 2016 one of the wettest and mildest ripening periods. It is rare to harvest in McLaren Vale with green lush mid rows in the vineyard. These cool, wet conditions saved our vines. The interesting thing about all the 2016 reds is their huge, profound tannins most similar to 1996, where the early heat toughened up the skins.
2016 S.C. Pannell The Vale comprises 70% Grenache (74-year-old vines on the Old McDonald site in McLaren Vale) and 30% Shiraz (from Steve's Koomilya site in McLaren Vale. The Grenache spent 13 days on skins while the Shiraz spent 16 days. Blended in February 2017 and bottled on 26th June 2017. The Grenache was aged in a 5000L French vat and the Shiraz in 4+ year old French puncheons before being blended back to vats and settled for 4 months before bottling.