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*93pts - James Halliday, 2014*
*92pts - Wine Front, 2014*
*92pts - Decanter Magazine, 2016*
Stephen Pannell is one of the best and brightest of the new generation of Australian winemakers. He spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for D. Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His father, Bill, started Moss Wood in Margaret River. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale.
The 2014 vintage of this wine is considered the best ever made. Deep plum in colour, this wine shows abundant Tempranillo trademark black fruits, plums, cocoa and wet earth, overlaid masterfully with Touriga's pungent fruit, jasmine scented florals, nutmeg and cinnamon spice. On the palate, the intense and tightly intertwined flavours are primarily of fresh blackberries with plum pudding and panforte. The complex spice profile includes hints of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Juicy, luscious and silky, it is a rich flavoursome, medium-full bodied wine. The palate is long and consistent with integrated tannins that provide for a balanced finish. Ready now but will age well, enjoy with BBQ meats and paella.
"For wine drinkers who want something different! I love everything about this wine, starting with the bright and juicy perfumed plum and floral notes jumping out of the glass. It’s mid-weight in body with very smooth, ripe and textured blackberry fruit wrapped up by savoury tannins, and nutmeg spice on the finish. Sleek, elegant and delicious." - Decanter Magazine, 2016
"Good vibes. This release does seem to have stepped up the ripe fruit and sweetness feel and misses a bit of tension. It smells superb – red fruits, candied citrus, Cherry Ripe chocolate bars, mint and green herbs. It’s slinky and fresh to taste, but the sweetness of fruit does sit pretty high in the mix. Acidity whips the palate clean and fine, silty tannins work to cinch the palate. It’s moreish and delicious, even with that juicy, candied, red liquorice fruit feel a touch overt. Nice drinking. Many will adore." - Wine Front, 2014more ↓ less ↑
|Grape||46% Tempranillo, 42% Touriga, 12% Tinto Cao|
|Style||Rich and Spicy|