SA winery wins Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy

Stephen Pannell shows off his winning wine

Stephen Pannell shows off his winning wine

S.C. Pannell Wines Adelaide Hills syrah 2013 has taken out the coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

The Adelaide Hills syrah 2013 was up against six other finalists for the award which recognises the best young red wine of the 2012 and 2013 vintage.

S.C. Pannell Wines’ small, family-owned winery was founded in McLaren Vale, South Australia, in 2004 by Stephen Pannell and his wife Fiona Lindquist.

This year marks the second time Pannell has taken home the Jimmy Watson Trophy after also winning in 1996 for the Eileen Hardy shiraz 1995, during his tenure as chief red winemaker at Hardy’s.

Chair of judges Tom Carson described the Watson winner as “a seductive and thoroughly modern expression of Australian shiraz, dark fruits, spice and a wonderfully textured mouth feel with fine grained earthy tannins. The wine effortlessly flows across the palate, plush with vibrancy, authenticity and a powerful and longly flavoured finish that ensures this wine will be enjoyed over many years to come.”

Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2014 trophy winners

JIMMY WATSON MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR BEST RED WINE OF THE 2012 AND 2013 VINTAGES: S.C. Pannell Adelaide Hills syrah 2013, S.C. Pannell Wines, McLaren Vale, SA

JAMES HALLIDAY TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR PRESENTED BY JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION: Coldstream Hills Deer Farm pinot noir 2013, Coldstream Hills, Yarra Valley, VIC

DOUGLAS SEABROOK SINGLE VINEYARD TROPHY: Oakridge 864 Funder & Diamond Drive Block chardonnay 2012, Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC

VICTORIAN TROPHY FOR WINES OF PROVENANCE: Granite Hills riesling 2013, 2008 and 2004, Granite Hills, Macedon Ranges, VIC

KYM LUDVIGSEN TROPHY FOR VITICULTURAL EXCELLENCE: John Funder and Val Diamond, Funder & Diamond Drive Block, Yarra Ranges, VIC

FRANCOIS DE CASTELLA TROPHY FOR BEST YOUNG WHITE WINE: Bay of Fires chardonnay, 2013, Bay of Fires, TAS

TREVOR MAST TROPHY FOR BEST SHIRAZ: S.C. Pannell syrah shiraz 2013, S.C. Pannell Wines, McLaren Vale, SA

BILL CHAMBERS TROPHY FOR BEST FORTIFIED: Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur muscat NV, Morris Wines, Rutherglen, VIC.

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