Sc Pannell Smart Grenache 2019

pts
Gary Walsh
pts
Ned Goodwin MW
pts
Huon Hooke
pts
James Suckling
SKU
SPGR201911 UCAU
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100% Grenache from the Smart Vineyard in Clarendon, farmed by Bernie and Wayne Smart. It's a southeast-facing slope at 230m above sea level. Soils are up to 750 million years old, Saddleworth Formation - laminated dark grey and green siltstone. These dry-grown bush vines were planted in 1956. Some 5.12 tonnes of fruit were harvested by hand on 16th March 2019. Fermentation of 100% destemmed fruit took place in open-top stainless-steel pots. The fermenting must was pumped over three to six times per day. The wine spent a total of 12 days on skins. It was matured in a 2800-litre old French oak vat and puncheon. It was racked four times and the only addition was a pinch of sulphur at bottling, which took place on 22nd July 2020. pH 3.62; TA 7.2g/L; alcohol 14.5%; total SO2: 46ppm.
100% Grenache from the Smart Vineyard in Clarendon, farmed by Bernie and Wayne Smart. It's a southeast-facing slope at 230m above sea level. Soils are up to 750 million years old, Saddleworth Formation - laminated dark grey and green siltstone. These dry-grown bush vines were planted in 1956. Some 5.12 tonnes of fruit were harvested by hand on 16th March 2019. Fermentation of 100% destemmed fruit took place in open-top stainless-steel pots. The fermenting must was pumped over three to six times per day. The wine spent a total of 12 days on skins. It was matured in a 2800-litre old French oak vat and puncheon. It was racked four times and the only addition was a pinch of sulphur at bottling, which took place on 22nd July 2020. pH 3.62; TA 7.2g/L; alcohol 14.5%; total SO2: 46ppm.

Scores & Reviews

95 / 100

Gary Walsh

Vineyard planted in 1956, up 230 metres above the level of the sea in Clarendon. Bush vines. Big old oak. So exotic. So much spice and perfume. Cherry and berry pie, apricot, roast beef and roses. Juicy flavour, lots of spice, oranges, dense and tightly wound tannin, citrus peel and zesty tang to acidity, generous flavour but with a bony feel, very long with fresh raspberry and dried herb in the aftertaste. There’s a minor level of warmth here, but nothing of concern. Give it a little more time in bottle, and it will shine like a ruby.

96 / 100

Ned Goodwin MW

Elevated old-vine Clarendon sourcing. Intense aromas of molten cherry liqueur, orange amaro, bergamot and cranberry. A fine vinous pulse, drawing the fore with the aft. Long attenuated filigreed tannins, sandy to be sure, but very fine. This is exceptional Grenache that, with a few others, sets the regional high tone.

94 / 100

Huon Hooke

"Bright, medium to full red/purple hue, with cherry-pip and sneaky spice aromas. The palate is full-bodied and firm with refreshing acidity underlining the trim but gently assertive tannins. Great balance: an excellent grenache. Lovely fruit expression here. The acidity seems high for grenache but it works well."

97 / 100

James Suckling

(2018 vintage) "An outstanding grenache from old bush vines in the Smart Vineyard, perched up on the Clarendon ridge line. This has an edge of white pepper and pomegranate with notes of bright raspberries and fresh leaves. This wine fuses elegance and power with a sleekly defined palate that carries real intensity in 2018. The structure is keenly tailored. Long and taut, red-fruit finish."