`Basso` McLaren Vale Garnacha

McLaren Vale


Stephen Pannell is one of the best and brightest of the new generation...

of Australian winemakers, having spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale. In October 2015, Steve was named Winemaker of the Year by the consumer wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine.

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The idea for an early-release, low-sulphur, unfiltered Grenache had been bubbling away for the past three years. Finally, in 2017, the right vintage conditions; cool and long, and the right vineyard: dry-grown and pruned to single-bud spurs, sparked the Basso project in to life. From the Latin Bassus, meaning low, Basso is low in additions and speaks clearly of the place from which it comes.

Vintage Information

The 2017 vintage was very cool and mild, which was ideal for the vines. Good winter and spring rains were followed by a very mild, long summer. The results are wines with ample fruit complexity and great natural acidity.


The grapes were hand harvested at 13.5 Baume. Minimal pressing was carried out, the juice underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine was aged for six months in French oak and was racked and put into bottle without filtration.

Tasting Notes

This Grenache has fresh-fruit aromas of bright red berries and watermelon, with a touch of rose petal leading on to a plush and juicy palate. Youthful, medium-bodied and lively, with a long, succulent finish bolstered by sandy tannins and a hint of dark spice.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Garnacha Tinta
Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker Stephen Pannell
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.13g/l
Wine pH 3.62