70% Grenache and 30% Shiraz. This old vine Shiraz Grenache blend is considered to be Stephen Pannell's "wine of place", and it couldn't come from anywhere else but 'The Vale'. The grapes are grown in the McLaren Vale region in the 'Old McDonald' vineyard. The vines are 73 years old.
The Grenache grapes spent 13 days on their skins, while the Shiraz 16 days. The Grenache was aged in 5000 litre French vats and the Shiraz was aged in four-year-old French puncheons, before both being blended back into vats and settled for four months prior to bottling.
The rich black fruits and spice of the Shiraz are lifted by the perfumed musk and red fruits of the Grenache. These two varieties unite to achieve a seamless, medium bodied wine with a silky texture. The Grenache controls the mid-palate exuberance of the Shiraz and provides great length. The finish is well structured with savoury, gritty tannins.
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