Esteemed by his contemporaries in Australia, Steve Pannell has been named as one of the 50 most influential contributors to the wine world by Decanter Magazine and has twice won Australia’s coveted Jimmy Watson trophy – most recently in 2014 for his 2013 Adelaide Hills Syrah. Having produced vintages at Wirra Wirra and Hardy’s Tintara before working overseas in Burgundy’s Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Bordeaux’s Chateau Mouton Rothschild and G.D. Vajra in Barolo. Pannell’s ethos is simple: “I try to create wines that suit our climate and way of life – wines to drink with the food we grow, make and eat in Australia.” The portfolio is based on parcels of old-vine, dry grown Shiraz and Grenache from McLaren Vale and continued to expand to include Nebbiolo, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional in addition to aromatic whites from the Adelaide Hills. Pannell’s preferred winemaking techniques include open fermentation using natural yeasts. By maturing his wines in large format oak, Pannell retains each variety’s integrity, showcasing its quintessential characteristics.