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.
"It’s mostly grenache with the remainder equal parts shiraz and mataro, old (117-years) and young vines. The wine hangs out in 2500 litre foudre. Large format oak a motif for Powell & Sons, though vineyards seem to be the real calling cards. And a shift to organic farming. Potent conversations.
Rich perfume of dark berries, ripe plums, tobacco, flint and undergrowth. It’s part way between flirty fragrance and guttural grunt. Smooth and rich to taste but set to medium weight. Sweet-and-ripe berry and plummy flavours, a touch of espresso to supple tannins, good length of flavour, some molten dark chocolate character way down the long, sticky finish. Even, slippery, moreish kind of red."
93 points, The Wine Front (July 2018)
"One of the best values and flat-out sexiest wines in the lineup is the 2016 Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro. Driven by the 1901-planted Grenache from Seppeltsfield that makes up 60% of the blend, it's richer, darker and deeper than the Riverside bottling. Sage and licorice notes add nuance to the black cherries on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, richly concentrated and layered offering."
94 points, Wine Advocate (September 2018)
"The value play here is unquestionably the 2016 Grenache Shiraz Mataro which is 50% Grenache (from the Les Amis vineyard), 25% Shiraz, and 25% Mataro. It offers a thrilling perfume of sweet black raspberries, sagebrush, herbes de Provence, and sweet spice that carries to a full-bodied, layered, beautifully textured blend that’s already impossible to resist. I followed this bottle for multiple days, and it never showed any signs of oxidation and was always brilliant. It should continue drinking fabulously for 10-15 years."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (February 2019)
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.