“Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape. We call this wine the Syrah to reflect the style of the wine, as we do for Pinot Grigio and Gris. The palate of this wine is the most interesting element. The flavours lead you to think that it is quite light, but as you taste the wine, the power and intensity unfurls to reveal a density that carries the palate further.” - Steve Pannell
Sourced from a vineyard in Echunga, 410 metres above sea level and just down the road from the fist vineyard planted in South Australia. Steve has worked with this vineyard now since 2010 and in 2014 won him the Jimmy Watson for the 2013 vintage. The fruit is grown on well-drained, granitic soil, Steve’s preference for Syrah. A Syrah instead of the traditional Shiraz to stop confusion and pay homage to the cool climate style made in the Northern Rhone Valley of France, where it is thought to have originated. This vintage is naturally riper and as with all 2016’s, more tannic.
Hand-harvested and vinified in small open-top fermenters with 30% whole bunches. A total of 17 days on skins before being sent to predominately old, large, French-oak vats for 10 months.
Vintage: 2016 Variety: Syrah/Shiraz Region: Adelaide Hills, SA Alcohol: 14%