S.C. Pannell Nebbiolo 2013
Notes of cherry, blackcurrant and leather. Medium-bodied with distinctively earthy/leathery tones to the strawberry and red cherry fruit. Silky and slippery towards a slow-building, alluring tannic finish.
The Wine Front – Strawberry conserve, whiff of mint and liquorice, mushrooms, floral notes, touch of spice and dusty wood. Palate is lithe and light - varietal character writ large – fine glassy acidity, gentle powdery tannin, red fruit and a little new leather in the aftertaste. It’s pure and great to drink, expressive and delicious, perhaps not so long, but long enough. Any anyway, that minor quibble aside, there’s other things in its favour to compensate. Beautifully made. Highly recommended.
James Halliday – From five clones grown in the Gumeracha district, open-fermented, with 21 days on skins, it was pressed to used puncheons for 16 months maturation. Should be decanted 2 hours before serving, and I did just that. It has exceptional varietal expression on the bouquet and palate, sultry red fruits, and tannins that are woven through the fruit on the palate so cleverly you almost forget their presence.
In a mixed or straight case: $56.04