2019 S.C. Pannell Merrivale Shiraz McLaren Vale

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How's it taste?
Fruits of the forest, dark earth, demi glaze and master stock on the nose leads to a palate that is cool, juicy and alive with red-fruit flavour and all the things that unadulterated Shiraz should taste of: fruit and spice. Fine and lacy tannins come as a welcome surprise and are far gentler than the nose would suggest. The persistence draws out the experience, with sandalwood spice carrying the flavour. The lack of additions sets the mid-palate free. A McLaren Vale Shiraz without inhibition. - Stephen Pannell
How was it made?
The first release and named for the original owners of our Olivers Road vineyard. The Merrivale block is the last Shiraz left standing on the vineyard. It was planted in 1970 with an east/west orientation, a prescient choice given the change to climate in the last 50 years. The block doesn’t stress and as a result we don’t have to regularly irrigate to keep the vines alive. We like the way the tannins wrap around the mouth, and that it isn’t just about the fruit. This is our aim with Shiraz: to return it to a simpler time before irrigationand additions. Picked late February, 13 days in an open top-fermenter, two months in puncheon to complete malolactic conversion followed by maturation in a 3500-litre vat, racked twice and bottled without fining in July 2020.
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