Powell & Son Loechel Eden Valley Shiraz
Powell & Son (first vintage 2014) is the venture of Barossa Valley legend Dave Powell and his son Callum. The Loechel Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard at the southern tip of the Eden Valley township, above the Barossa Valley. It was planted in the early 1970s on granitic loam, at 400m.
The vineyard has an easterly aspect and is steeply sloping, with excellent drainage and low yields, resulting in concentrated fruit and a rich, complex wine. The vineyard is picked in three passes and components are kept separate throughout vinification. Only about one-third makes it into the Loechel Shiraz.
The wine typically shows generous dark ripe fruits -- blackberry, cherry liqueur and cassis -- supported by dark chocolate and mocha notes and subtle herbs and spice. The palate adds smoky, savoury and meaty notes and is medium to full-bodied, yet concentrated, so as to provide long and satisfying flavours and a long, persistent, structured finish.