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Words with a winner: Stephen Pannell on his precious Vale gift

Stephen Pannell’s eponymous label scored the 2014 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy recently. Jane Faulkner spoke to the impressive, down-to-earth McLaren Vale winemaker a few months before his 2013 syrah took out the coveted prize.

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Pepper Tree WinesWine of the Week

The Tallavera Vineyard is in the Mount View district, noted for its crumbly red soils over limestone. Here the intensity of the fruit of the bouquet and palate goes up several notches, black cherries joining the fray along with plum and mulberry; the tannins are scaled up proportionately, the finish similarly lengthened.

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What James is drinking1997 Howard Family Distinguished Vineyard Series Pokolbin District Vineyard Semillon

I happened across the bottle when I was moving some wines in the cellar and, struck by the seemingly bright colour, put it on the floor to retrieve later and find out whether the condition of the wine was as good as the colour suggested - and promptly forgot all about it.

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Check in here for a selection of top cellar doors to visit in October.

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