A good drop: try something new from South Australia

SC Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 2014

RRP $25


IF YOUR tastebuds are demanding that it's "time to try something different", then celebrated South Aussie winemaker Stephen Pannell has the perfect drop for you.

It might be the two Jimmy Watson trophies that he's won or the string of gold medals and wine show trophies that he's accumulated, but his confidence is obviously sky-high given his experiment with new and previously little-known grapes and blends.

And there's no doubt he's on a winner with the SC Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 2014.

It's a vibrant purple colour when poured and largely earthy nutmeg and all spice on the nose.

Put the glass to your lips and there are savoury blackberry and Wilson plum flavours in abundance before balanced tannins and gentle acidity provide a backbone to the medium-bodied yet powerful wine.

The Tempranillo and Touriga grapes are native to Spain and Portugal and, not surprisingly, do very well in the "warmer" climates of the Barossa and McLaren Vale.

There is surely no better way to wash down Friday night tapas or anti pasto than with a glass of Steve Pannell's Iberian creation.

And at only $25 a bottle, it's a more than worthy investment.

Our wine reviewer Travis Schultz is a practice group leader of Schultz Toomey O'Brien Lawyers, part of the Slater and Gordon group, and a lover of fine food and wine.

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