Autumn 2013 Newsletter
Autumn Newsletter April 2013, by Max VeenHuyzen“Whenever people ask me to name my favourite Australian winery, I immediately start thinking of four names to round off a top five. I want to prove I’ve at least given the question some serious thought. As a cellar big on white Picardy cartons will attest, few wineries are able to deliver on quality, interest and value with the consistency of the Pannell family. In my mind, it’s impossible to overstate the contribution made by Bill, Sandra and Dan Pannell towards oenology and viticulture in Western Australia. Personally, they’ve been very generous with their knowledge (and cellar) and, on occasion, even allowed a pen-pushing city slicker like myself to get amongst it during vintage. These short stints are as invaluable for furthering my own grape-based knowledge as they are for adding to my repertoire of one-liners and foreign swear words. While I’m loath to use the latter unless pushed, it’s a pleasure – and indeed, honour – to be able to share my thoughts on the current suite of Picardy new releases.”
 
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Latest review
By: Erin Larkin Western Suburbs Weekly It is hard to find a winery that vintage after vintage makes wines that provide you with joy and contentment, no matter the style.  Picardy does this for me.  The wines are well made, balanced, juicy and refined.  Located in Pemberton, Picardy make a selection of cool climate wines ranging from their textural and intense Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (17.9 points and $29.00), through to their complex and layered premium Pinot Noir, the Tete de Cuvee (vintage 2010, 19 points and $80.00).  The Pannell family can be considered local wine royalty, having been in the region since the early 1970’s and involved in the establishment of Moss Wood, Smith Brook and then later Picardy... Australia is internationally renowned for its overlarge, boisterous, ripe and intense (almost jammy) Shiraz, and so it is a relief and a delight to drink the cool climate, elegant, and succulent Picardy Shiraz, made with the Cote Rotie / St Joseph model in mind.  Their most recent release, the 2011, was just sensational.   Truly.   Ripe, spicy and absolutely bursting with flavour (18.8 points and $35), Dan said the following: "When I was putting that wine in barrel, I said to dad, I think that’s the best wine we've made at Picardy.  Across the board."  I have to be inclined to agree.  But then the Chardonnay came to mind… the Tete de Cuvee came to mind… and I was in a quandary.  I was reminded, again, of their innate ability to craft delicious and satisfying wines of unbelievable value.  You won’t see their wines wearing medals, or appearing in wine shows.  That’s not what they’re about.  They focus solely on making great wine for the people who love it. Wine of the Week Picardy Chardonnay 2011 It was intensely difficult to pick a favourite between the 2010 (previous release), and the 2011(current release).  As Dan rightly pointed out, the 2010 was just starting to develop beautiful honey characters, with the oak now nestled comfortably into the palate.  It’s about right to start drinking now (18 points and $45.00). The 2011 was “fresh and bright, with hints of guava and curry leaf on the nose.  The palate weight here is almost heavier under the burden of such ripe fruit…. At the very least, such fruit intensity.  Wafer and almond bread, perhaps from the 25% new oak for 10 months, hands off approach, (18.1points and $45.00)”.  Splitting hairs, this is outrageous value. Speaking of picking favourites, thankfully Dan had more luck there: “’09 and ‘11 were dad’s favourites.  ‘10 is mine.  Chardonnay is our most consistent varietal.
 

Licence

Licence Number: 616 4336 4 Western Australian Producers Licence: William David Pannell & Picardy Pty Ltd Manager – Daniel John Pannell Nelson Location 7775 and Part Lot 4 Vasse Hwy, Pemberton Western, Australia 6260

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