Tasting the 2014 Jimmy Watson Winner: S.C Pannell Syrah 2013
While I’ve been critical of the inflated wine show score for this wine, what’s not up for debate is the synergy of style, wine quality and the original intention for the trophy. This is, quite simply, a delicious one year old red, perfect for serving as a young wine in a wine bar (such as Jimmy Watson’s). High fives Melbourne Wine Awards judges.
A bright purple red colour, there no disguising the purple lift of the 3% Viognier. A flash of apricot on the nose to give the Viognier away there too. Beyond the Viognier influence, its more classic warm year Adelaide Hills Shiraz, with redcurrant fruit, red berries and a little vanilla bean oak, dashed with spice for good measure.
What woos though is the palate, which is silken, spicy and gently berried all at once – it’s actually quite pretty, moderate without falling into overt sweet fruit, or any sort of imbalance at all. The tannins are a little light – definitely not a driving, extracted style – but the elegance and that late hit of berry juiciness makes this a really fine drink.
Arguably not for the long haul, but impeccably balanced, I’d drink this in a second. It really nails the medium bodied Hills Syrah style with aplomb and drinks beautifully already.
Another great wine (following the Pinot last year) to win a Jimmy Watson.
Tasted: Nov 2014
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Would I drink it? Yes.