Region : Pemberton, Western Australia
Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of the highest calibre, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2006

Picardy is one of Australia's leading premium wine producers, established in 1993 in the Pemberton region of Western Australia. Picardy is a boutique vineyard and winery producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Merlot/Cabernet varieties. All wines bearing the Picardy label are made entirely from fruit grown on the Picardy vineyard, and are vintaged and bottled by the Pannell Family in their own winery at Picardy.

Notable achievements :
Bill Pannell is a winner of the Di Cullen Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the WA Wine Industry.

The Grape Expectations Scoop :
The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines are clones from Burgundy Domaines selected by Bill during the 1980’s. So when one drinks Picardy, its actually Burgundian in origin but at half the price of those coming out of France!

Picardy Chardonnay 2004
95 pts Halliday
The Sunday Times Top 100, 20 November 2005
5 stars The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2005/06
96 pts, 100 Top Release Wines, Gourmet Traveller Wine Oct/Nov 2005
Creamy, viscous texture, great complexity of stone fruit, marzipan and spicy oak. Rich, long, grows in the glass.

Picardy Chardonnay 2005
Gold – Scoop 2006 Pick of the region
5 stars – Epicure Nov 2006
95 pts Jordan
Delicate fruit, steely acid. Complex layers of fruit and oak. Elegant finish.

Picardy Pinot Noir 2003
85 pts Halliday
Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to make well. However Picardy has succeeded in making a Pinot that is regarded as WA’s best year in year out. A combination of intuitive selection of vineyard location in a cool climate area of Pemberton and the adoption of Burgundian Pinot-making techniques learnt on their frequent trips to France have resulted in Picardy setting the benchmark for Australian Pinot. The 2003 has multi-faceted varietal fruit with a touch of leather. Complex.

Picardy Pinot Noir 2004
90 pts Tanzer
94 pts Jordan

Lush, suave, raspberry and mild strawberry lifted with minerals. Silky smooth.

Picardy Merlimont 2001
90 pts James Halliday
93 pts Ray Jordan’s Guide to Wine 2003/04

This blend of 45% merlot, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 27% cabernet franc is gorgeous. Powerful and concentrated with deeply intense fruit yet with a fine elegance of supply friendliness. Behind the fruit is structure and weight and layer upon layer of flavours. Outstanding stuff.

Picardy Merlot Cabernet 2000
85 pts James Halliday
This vintage was all about structure and by its very nature demands to be cellared. Abundant fine grained tannins with complex structure which includes fruit to support the longevity. Very long tannins coat every nook and cranny of the mouth and don't miss a single taste bud with a very interesting flavour profile of milk chocolate, black fruit dark chocolate and liquorice.

Picardy Merlot Cabernet 2001
It is 51% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Cabernet Franc. It offers up intense plum and blackcurrant on the nose, which leads to a rich yet highly structured palate with excellent primary fruit characters.

This one needs some time in bottle, but will develop a mellow opulence for those who are prepared to pop it in the cellar for five to ten. Always thinking out of the square the Pannells were attempting to break the Australian Merlot Cabernet mould with this wine, and have done so admirably making a wine that typifies Bordeaux.

Picardy Shiraz 2002
94 pts James Halliday
Fashioned along the lines of a typical Cote Rotie, the nose has hints of chocolate and coffee, earth, plums and some intriguing high-toned floral aspects. Structure as always is excellent, with plenty of acid and exceptionally well balanced, fine tannins. Drink now to 2020.

Picardy Shiraz 2003
90 pts Halliday
94 pts Tim White – Must Have Wines 2005, Australian Fin Review Dec 2-4, 2005

Stacks of fruit, with the typical spiciness of cool weather grapes with hints of green pepper. Supple tannins.

Picardy Shiraz 2004
91 pts Walsh
Exotic, Rhone-lic. Aromas of raspberry, pepper, aniseed. Supple with five tannis, spicy meaty finish. Lovely.