Here’s another wine maker we’re thrilled to welcome to Perman Wine Selections! Stephen Pannell’s reputation was cemented with his time at Hardys as chief winemaker, earning him a Jimmy Watson trophy in his first year with Tintara, as well as a spot in Decanter Magazine’s Top 50 “faces to watch” in the international wine industry. Steve 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, Domaine Comte Lafon, and Pousse d’Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true 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 2018 “Field Street” Shiraz comes from vineyards surrounding Steve’s home in McLaren Vale. Immediately you’re greeted with aromas of rich plum, stewed raspberries, and a touch of spicy oak. Textbook Shiraz! The palate is fresh and easy going, loaded with dark fruits and flavors of blackberry jam. It has weight to it but is by no means heavy on the palate; rather, it’s refreshing, fruit forward, and delicious. A nice match for baby-back ribs off the BBQ.
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