Sc Pannell 'Merrivale' Shiraz 2019

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Stuart Knox
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James Halliday's Wine Companion
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Gary Walsh
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SPSY201912 UCAU
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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 irrigation and 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. 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
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 irrigation and 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. 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

Scores & Reviews

94 / 100

Stuart Knox

Deep and intense purple to black core, deep purple in the rim. Blood plums, dry dusty earth and mountain herb aromatics. Full palate, built to accentuate the savoury elements of earth, wakame and cured meats. A blue fruit line runs throughout, and the flow builds tension with a light acid line and gravelly ripe tannins. Goes really long and deep into the finish. A wonderful style from McLaren Vale 17 FEB 2021

94 / 100

James Halliday's Wine Companion

A single-vineyard expression from the original owner (Merrivale)'s home block, planted in the '70s. A lustrous crimson. Elevated aromas of boysenberry, clove, nori and Christmas cake are slung over a carriage of finely wrought spicy tannins, firm enough to engage the food at hand, while being juicy enough to chew. Finishes long, precise, fresh and sappy, marked by a ferrous burr that augurs well for cellaring.

93 / 100

Gary Walsh

The Merrivale block is the last Shiraz vineyard left standing on the Olivers Road home property. Planted in 1970, east/west orientation. First release. 4,450 bottles produced.