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    S.C. Pannell Garnacha "Basso," McLaren Vale '19

    South Australia

    S.C. Pannell Garnacha "Basso," McLaren Vale '19

    Stephen Pannell grew up surrounded by wine. His parents established the Moss Wood vineyard in Margaret River in the late 1960s and were part of a group of wine-mad doctors pioneering grape-growing in the region at the time. His family then sold Moss Wood and purchased Domaine Pousse d’Or in Volnay. Steve spent a decade working as chief red winemaker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. He has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Château Mouton Rothschild, Domaine Dujac, and Domaine Comte Lafon. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking, and his wines are bold expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale. Steve has gone from being one of the best and brightest of the new generation of Australian winemakers to being one of the most lauded of all Australian winemakers.

    The name “Basso” is derived from the Latin word bassus, meaning “low,” and is a reference to being low in additions, such as sulfur. The fruit was harvested from the McMurtrie Road vineyard in McLaren Vale, a 50-year-old parcel with black soils. The grapes were fermented with a wild yeast starter (pied de cuve), and the wine was fermented on the skins for ten days (whole berries, no stalks). The wine was aged in large old French oak vats for ten months, then bottled without fining or filtration. The nose shows aromas of bright red cherry and dark raspberry, with a red licorice note as well. Bright, crunchy, and flavorsome on the palate.




    Producer S.C. Pannell


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