Powell & Son 2016 Barossa & Eden Valleys Shiraz
Powell & Son (first vintage 2014) is the venture of Barossa Valley legend Dave Powell and his son Callum. The Barossa & Eden Valleys Shiraz reflects the Powell & Son philosophy: to work with the strengths and individual characters of the Barossa and Eden Valleys. A 50/50 blend of Eden Valley Shiraz planted in the 1980s and Barossa Valley Shiraz planted in the 1960s, the fruit is fermented in concrete vats before maturing for 15 months in 4500 litre French oak foudres.
The aroma typically shows kirsch liqueur, lavender, sage and charred meat, and has a dark, brooding character to add further complexity. The palate is dense and deep with ripe black fruits: plum, blackberry compote as well as cured meats and black olive.
Light, bright yellow colour and a smoky, toasty-barrel, lightly-toasted cashew nut bouquet. The wine is intense and rich, mouth-filling and powerful, with a long finish, which is full and emphatic. Delicious fruit-sweetness and a clean, persistent carry that is pure, refined and thoroughly satisfying. Clearly the best of Oakridge's three 2016 LVS wines.
95 points, Huon Hooke (October 2017)
Barossa ValleyColonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.