2018 S. C. Pannell, Old McDonald Grenache, 6x750ml

2018 S. C. Pannell, Old McDonald Grenache, 6x750ml

2018 S. C. Pannell, Old McDonald Grenache

Stephen Pannell has worked all over the world, including with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d'Or. In October 2015, Steve was named Winemaker of the Year by the consumer wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine.

Steve’s interest in Grenache stretches back to the mid 90s upon first arriving in McLaren Vale. Given the warm, Mediterranean climate, Grenache grows as well in ‘the Vale’ as any of the more revered Grenache regions including France’s Rhône Valley, Priorat in Spain and Italy’s Sardinia. The Grenache grapes for this wine grow on 75 year old vines in the Old McDonald vineyard in Blewitt Springs. Soils in this sub-region are sandy, with an underlying clay and ironstone base. In Steve’s words the 2017 Old McDonald Grenache is “quite possibly the best Grenache I have ever made”.

Availability: In stock

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £155.00

Critics Score: 96

Publication: James Suckling

A strikingly fresh and focused expression with bright aromas of raspberries and boysenberries. Some spices, leafy notes and wild herbs. The palate is lithe and succulent. Really faultless stretch and build, as well as terrific freshness. Drink now or hold.

2018 S. C. Pannell, Old McDonald Grenache


The 2017 vintage was very cool and mild, which was ideal for the vines. Good winter and spring rains were followed by a very mild, long summer. The results are wines with ample fruit complexity and great natural acidity.

The Grenache grapes were hand harvested on 4th March, which is early for Grenache. The grapes were traditionally vinified in small open-top fermenters with 20% whole bunch. The wine spent 11 days on skins before gentle pressing. It was transferred to a 4,500 litre, eight-year-old French oak vat for maturation before being bottled without filtration nine months later.