This is a classic Picardy Shiraz. They use similar techniques to their Pinot Noir, making an elegant and understand style. Building savoury characters and length into the wine. Growing in the cool climate it possesses dark berries and white pepper. But a small addition of Malbec adds more heft and a herbal/mint and meaty element. And a tiny dash of Viognier lifts the perfume and helps that purple colour really pop. At 6 years of age, it is right in the drinking slot. No need to rush though, it’s got at least another 5-10 years to go.
Bill Pannell is responsible for the Moss Wood Vineyard in Margaret River. After selling Moss Wood, Bill teamed up with son Dan to established the Picardy vineyard. In WA’s cool Pemberton region on a gentle north-facing slope of well-drained loam/gravel soils, they decided to focus on the Burgundian grapes this time. Smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are also in the ground. The Pannells believe in “growing soils” and so manage the vineyard sustainably.
The region was only starting to be planted in the 1970s. It is further south than Margaret River and to the East. The cool climate and altitude make it perfect for aromatic, elegant wines. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are standout grape varieties to date.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.