He also sourced and spent a decade importing the Burgundian Pinot clone ‘777’ into Australia. This clone was one of those that was part of the lengthy ‘Bernard’ investigation into the finest clonal selections available from Burgundian producers. For this Bernard assessed over many years, the quality and yield of over 100 selections from the best sites belonging to the finest Grand Cru growers. 777 was one of those which rose to the top in terms of quality and which was also capable of producing a commercial yield. Despite being the sole holder of this clonal material in Australia, the Pannell Family chose to share cuttings. It is now revered here by top end producers such as Tomich Wines, Sidewood Estate, Foxey’s Hangout and Gilbert, they even include ‘777’ on the labels of their flagship product. Since then Bill and Dan have managed to bring in an additional five Burgundian Pinot selections, bringing their total clonal count to 11. The first release which contained all of these is the 2018 (which we now have in stock). To our mind this is the best Pinot Picardy have ever produced and is as good as any other Aussie Pinot available at the moment.
Picardy is not just a love letter to Pinot though. They have also brought in four Burgundian clones of Chardonnay, 75, 95, 96 and 277 and consistently produce an exceptionally refined wine from them. They also make wonderful Rhone style Shiraz, excellent blends of Merlot, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, and two exceptional blends of Sauv Blanc and Semillon.