McLaren Vale `Field Street` Shiraz

McLaren Vale

S.C.Pannell

Stephen Pannell is one of the best and brightest of the new generation...

of Australian winemakers, having spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale. In October 2015, Steve was named Winemaker of the Year by the consumer wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine.

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Vineyards

The Field Street Shiraz is made from fruit sourced from a single nine hectare vineyard. The original Shiraz plantings date back to 1970 and the vineyard faces west to the Gulf of St Vincent. In every sense this wine is at the heart of the S.C. Pannell label. This wine is stripped back from the artifice of winemaking to express the purity and breadth of McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Vintage Information

Spring 2014 and early summer 2015 were quite warm and very dry. Crucially, the majority of January and early February were abnormally cool, which allowed for the production of balanced acidity and fresh fruit characters. In mid-February, hot temperatures and very dry conditions returned. As a result, the harvest began a week earlier than normal and was fast and furious. While yields were reduced, the reds showed excellent fruit, colour and tannin. The final result was precise, fresh and vibrant red wines.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-harvested. Grapes were crushed and spent 10-15 days on the skins. After fermentation, the wine was left for 11 months in 2,800 litre French oak vats, of which 30% were new oak. This wine is drinking well now but it will also reward cellaring over the next ten years.

Tasting Notes

On the nose there is a lovely purity of fruit - aromas of violets are coupled with the beautiful perfume of a punnet full of fresh berries. On the palate it is medium to full bodied with lovely, earthy tannins and a lifted finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker Stephen Pannell
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 6.3g/l
Wine pH 3.71