“I love this wine and I love drinking it. It's been stripped back from the artifice of winemaking to express the purity and breadth of McLaren Vale Shiraz. As with all the 2016's the tannins are in the driving seat, balancing the sweetness of the fruit.” - Steve Pannell
The Field Street Shiraz is off our own vineyards on Olivers Road and Amery Road, McLaren Vale. In every sense this wine is at the heart of S.C. Pannell. It’s where we have our vines in the ground and our feet on the earth. This wine is stripped back from the artifice of winemaking to express the purity and breadth of McLaren Vale shiraz.
The 2016 vintage 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.
Vintage: 2016 Variety: Shiraz Region: Adelaide Hills, SA Alcohol: 14%