S.C. Pannell 2018 Garnacha "Basso" McLaren Vale
This early-release, low-sulphur, unfiltered Grenache had been bubbling away for a few years and in 2017 access to the right fruit from a dry-grown vineyard, sparked the Basso project into life. From the Latin Bassus, meaning low, Basso is low in additions and speaks clearly of the place from which it comes.
Primary red fruit aromas, backed up by cassia bark, star anise, white pepper and strangely gamay-like florals (no whole bunch used). The palate is loaded with musk and sherbet and those primary red fruit flavours follow through. Youthful, light to medium bodied and layered, with a long, salivating finish bolstered by sandy tannins.