Stephen Pannell’s family founded Moss Wood in Western Australia back in 1967, and he’s a former chief red winemaker at BRL Hardy. So it’s no surprise that his Shiraz is excellent, in a firmly structured, restrained style. Mixed berry fruit is accented by hints of spice and chocolate in this wine that shows more textural interest than overall volume. Best from 2009.
Pronto red is 77% Grenache, with the remainder a blend of Touriga Nacional (11%), Syrah (7%) and Monastrell (5%). It starts off with leather and spice, then folds in cherries and licorice. It’s full-bodied, round and slightly warm, with a supple, spice-driven finish. Drink now-2015.
Different from most McLaren Vale wineries, at Pannell the Shiraz is softer and more approachable than the Grenache. This one delivers plummy, chocolaty fruit with hints of green peppercorns and mocha, a smooth, even texture and a bit of espresso on the finish. Drink now–2015.
This is a vibrant wine in every way, from its bright pink color to its bold stone fruit aromas and its tart, mouthwatering finish. Sourced from bushvine Grenache more than 30 years old, there's a touch of minerality to help balance the berry and peach flavors. Drink now.
This is a burly, firmly structured Grenache evidently meant to age, which makes it a little tough to evaluate right now. Big black cherry fruit lacks complexity, marked mainly by faint toasted-almond nuances. Try after 2010.