S.C. Pannell Syrah 2013 - In Bond

S.C. Pannell Syrah 2013 - In Bond

  • Australia
  • Syrah
  • ABV 14
  • Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
Stuart McCloskey "This is very much my style of Aussie Shiraz / Syrah. The perfume sings to a glorious tune of sweet, blue and black berries, kirsch, violet, a dusting of white pepper, dark chocolate, iron filings, leather, garrigue and meat along with a touch of blood orange on the finish. The palate oozes with succulence – the fruit is wonderfully juicy which provides immediate satisfaction. The texture is more akin to Pinot Noir – svelte, cooling, seamless and glides across the palate on a sheet of silk. Tannins provide the tenderest of hugs – they literally melt away. Wonderfully caressing – sensitive winemaking, a wine full of finesse and serenity. The kind of wine you spend the evening with as there’s so much to unravel.  A great Syrah in my books, particularly as it shows a sensitive side to this varietal. So beautiful. Quietly perfect. Drink now to 2030. Decanted for one-hour (longer is not necessary) and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware."
Ask any Aussie winemaker if they would take a 100-points from a renowned critic or the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. Unquestionably, the Jimmy Watson would receive every vote. Granted, 100-points is a huge tribute however, it’s here today and gone tomorrow whereas, the Jimmy Watson stays for life. It is the one award, the pinnacle in the Aussie wine industry and embodiment of excellence that every winery dreams of winning.

"Soon after picking this fruit I knew the resulting wine was going to be special - I’m even quoted in an article stating I thought it was a chance for the Watson! I couldn’t wait to release it and as I look back now, the release of this wine marked a pivotal moment in our lives, a stroke of good fortune that established everything that we have today." - Stephen Pannell

All notes provided by Stephen Pannell…

Flavour: “Aromas of cassis, fenugreek, charcuterie and tapenade are all consistent with nine years of bottle age. However, the surprise is in the abundance of fruit aromas: blackberry, blueberry and pomegranate followed by spices: Kampot pepper, red cedar and frankincense. Revealed with a little air is sea spray, petrichor, crushed rocks and roasted red capsicum. A viscous nose that wavers from black fruits to blue. The palate is more youthful than the nose with dark chocolate, clove, cinnamon, satsuma plum, lavender, rhubarb and preserved citrus.”

Texture: “Pure silk on entry with tannins that yawn, stretch and unwind as they progress across the palate. The texture and flavours meld like a Chesterfield on a blue slate floor with a vibrancy that belies its age. The long finish delivers another round of flavours and texture wavering between earth, spice and dark fruit. Power with delicacy and proof that Shiraz belongs in Australia, especially in cooler climates.”

Cellaring: “I knew this wine would keep well and reserving some stock for a future release is always very exciting. Wonderful now but I’ll be keeping a few bottles for a celebration in 2026 and suggest you do the same.”

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