2011 S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga

An exciting and original blend of the indigenous Iberian heavyweights Tempranillo (63%) and Touriga (37%) from renown winemaker Stephen Pannell. His history, knowledge and expertise of the industry listed Pannell as one of the top 50 influential contributors to the world of wine by Decanter Magazine in 1997. That vaunted reputation has seen him go from strength to strength with a portfolio of superb and affordable wines from his small family-owned McLaren Vale winery. 

Blending seamlessly together, the dark and brooding flavours of the Touriga combine with the earthier, savoury aspects of the Tempranillo to produce an approachable, food-friendly wine. My notes point to the intense dark cherry red colour in the glass and to the exotic and complex bouquet of fresh dark fruits, floral aromas, musk, cocoa and liquorice. Texturally silky, medium-bodied and dry but a juicy palate packed with blackberry, dark chocolate and those cherries again, add intensity to the profile. Finishes warm, moderately tannic and spicy. Delicious drinking now in its youth but will kick on until 2017.

Source: Restaurant Wine List. Alcohol: 14.0%. Closure: Screwcap. Rating: 91+ Points.

Website: https://www.pannell.com.au/

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