McLaren Vale’s wine royalty

HIGHEST SCORING WINE: Steve and Fiona Pannell, of SC Pannell Wines, were crowned Bushing King and Queen of the 2016 McLaren Vale Wine Show.

HIGHEST SCORING WINE: Steve and Fiona Pannell, of SC Pannell Wines, were crowned Bushing King and Queen of the 2016 McLaren Vale Wine Show.

McLAREN VALE – Well-known McLaren Vale winemaker and industry icon Steve Pannell, of SC Pannell Wines, has been crowned as the 2016 Bushing King - his second consecutive win of the region’s top award in the McLaren Vale Wine Show.

The prestigious title was awarded at the 52nd annual McLaren Vale Winemakers Bushing Lunch, held at Serafino Wines, October 28.

The 2015 SC Pannell Touriga Cabernet Mataro was the highest scoring wine of the 2016 Wine Show as judged by an impressive panel of international and Australian judges.

The chair of judges Jim Chatto praised the emerging varietals of the region.

“My brief to the judges was simple - look for wines which complement the place, the cuisine, and the lifestyle; that is McLaren Vale,” he said.

“Every time I visit McLaren vale I am blown away by the enthusiasm and energy throughout the industry.

“McLaren Vale is easily one of the most dynamic and exciting wine regions in Australia today.”

This year’s McLaren Vale Wine Show received 728 entries from 102 producers, with gold medals being awarded to 34 different producers.

Grenache dominant blends were the one of the strongest classes of the 2016 Wine Show, with a large portion of the gold medal wines awarded in the varietal class, reinforcing McLaren Vale’s declaration as Australia’s leading Grenache producing region.

All gold medal winning wines will be available for tasting at the ‘McLaren Vale Gold Medals meet Leigh Street’ open air event on Friday, November 11. Entry to the event is $20.

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