Sc Pannell Montepulciano
"100% Montepulciano, a variety whose origins lie in Abruzzo, Italy. This is definitely happy wine and a variety I have great hope for in our warm climate. The wine is an immediate pleasure but given a moment can be contemplative and cerebral. The fruit is grown on the Case Vineyard in Langhorne Creek. Harvested in early April, 8 days on skins before gentle pressing. Malolactic conversion took place in stainless steel before transfer to 3rd- and 4th-use French oak puncheons, where it spent 16 months. Bottled in September 2019."
"The nose shows immediate black fruits with a Cabernet-like herbaceous character, followed by dried herbs and flowers then grilled nuts and prosciutto. The nose and palate are manic in the way they change. The wine unfurls quickly building excitement with each sip. It's medium-bodied, juicy and mouthwatering. The tannins are all at the front of the palate with a persistence and drive provided by the naturally high tone. There is also familiarity in the Shirazesque, velvety mouthfeel." - Stephen Pannell