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.
"Loechel Vineyard, Eden Valley, and the steeper, highest part of the vineyard. Lots of new oak here, matured for 18 months. Fruit seems to marry pretty well with the wood, though it is in a style, so to speak.
Malt-choc scents, red raspberry lollies, sweet earth and a swathe of woody spice scents. Attractive start. Slick and silky in the palate, lifted fruit sweetness and then the chew and drag of puckering, smooth woody tannins. Very concentrated flavours but an almost binary floral, lifted feel to the wine. A bit head-spinning in a way. Has the beauty of Eden with the heft of somewhere lower to the ground and warmer. Quite compelling in its way, but you’ll have to like the strong presence of oak, albeit well married."
92+ points, The Wine Front (July 2018)
"Dense and smooth, this strikes a balance between juicy, licorice-scented red fruit flavors and more concentrated notes of fresh loam, rosemary, cigar box and savory bacon fat. Harmonious and expressive on the generous, long finish. Drink now through 2028."
92 points, MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (July 2018)
"From 70-year-old vines on granitic soils in the Eden Valley, the 2016 Loechel Shiraz features bright, floral aromas, hints of crushed stone and a tight, unyielding core of blueberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, firm and concentrated, with plenty of aging potential. It's perhaps the most Northern Rhône-ish of these offerings."
96 points, Wine Advocate (September 2018)
"The 2016 Shiraz Loechel is certainly the value play in the lineup, and it’s up with the two flagship releases priced at five times the rate of this beauty. Beautiful notes of blueberries, camphor, bloody meats, smoke tobacco, and spiced bacon all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, layered, seamless Shiraz that has a focused, tight, almost backward vibe on the palate. It’s a beautiful wine, and while it unquestionably delivers loads of pleasure today, it will be better with short term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years."
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (February 2019)