Powell & Son Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro
Powell & Son (first vintage 2014) is the venture of Barossa Valley legend Dave Powell and his son Callum. The blend is predominantly Grenache (60%) from mature, untrellised bush vines, with 20% Shiraz and 20% Mataro making up the balance. The parcels are matured separately for 15 months in 2500 litre French oak foudres prior to blending and bottling.
The dominant Grenache offers powerful aromas of red fruits, kirsch liqueue and black cherries, complemented by meat, leather, game and a range of spices from the Shiraz and Mataro components. Although soft and giving, the palate is also vibrant and supported by grainy tannins and a long finish, resulting in a wine whose ultimate expression is far greater than the sum of its parts.
Bold wine of concentration, meatiness and spice. Reeks of roast meats, mocha, maraschino cherry, briar and clove-like spice. In the palate, more of that slick, rich texture you’d expect from a Powell wine, imbued with more roast meat, smooth dusty tannins, liquid spice, orangey acidity and a firm, puckering finish. It’s serious and yet shows drinkability in youth. That said, give it a year or so before approach. Good, hearty wine.
93 points, Mike Bennie (March 2016)
Colonel 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.