2015 Aust Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine - Winemaker of the Year
Stephen Pannell’s reputation was cemented with his time at Hardy’s as Chief Winemaker, earning him a Jimmy Watson trophy in his first year with Tintara, as well as Decanter Magazine’s Top 50 “faces to watch” in the international wine industry. Stephen’s new venture has seen him secure exquisite parcels of old-vine Grenache and Shiraz from Mclaren Vale.
Low yielding fruit sources, from old vines, both dry grown and biodynamically managed contribute to the status of these new releases. Stephen uses open fermenters, natural yeasts, limited new oak and the wines are naturally bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The portfolio extends to Sauvignon Blanc from Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills as well as a miniscule production of Nebbiolo from Gumeracha. In the words of James Halliday: “This is a label which is quite certain to become thoroughly iconic in the years ahead.”