2014 Powell & Son Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia SKU #1281951

$24.99

RP 91
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Winemaker's Notes: "The Barossa Valley Shiraz is sourced from mature Barossa Valley vineyards with the majority located along the region’s North-Western ridge in Marananga and Seppeltsfield as well as Lyndoch Valley in the Southern Barossa. Grape parcels are vinified separately in concrete vats, before being basket pressed and assembled into large format 4,500 litre French oak foudres for 15 months maturation." 92 points Wine Front: "This wine, the entry level shiraz, is Barossa Valley in its essence. Shiraz from oldish vines, sent to bottle unfined and filtered, poured in glass with heartiness of place. Made by Powell & Son. It’s a great drink, black in colour, scents of briary berries, violets, roast meat and earth. In the palate it sloshes around with red fruits, meaty notes, black olive tapenade savouriness offering creamy texture and a fleshy finish. It feels unadorned, vibrant, even with its dense, mouth-filling ways. It’s tattooed with Powell and Barossa. A legion will love this."

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    3/10/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    The magic of David Powell's wines is quite hard for me to put my finger on. Sure they're powerful, rich, highly concentrated wines with explosive aromas and flavors...but then many wines deliver that type of experience. I recently tasted his "entry level" Barossa Shiraz here alongside another very highly regarded Barossa shiraz producers comparable wine. Both delivered real quality and the type of fruit weight and purity I would expect but this Powell & Son wine just had something extra. A sense of place, another dimension of savory, soil driven quality underpinning all that decadence. Callum (the "& Son" part) is starting to make his mark on the wines too. After an extended vintage working with the legendary Jean Louis Chave, Callum has implemented the use of more large format oak instead of barriques and seeks more finesse in the wines. There's a bright energy to the wines lifting all that density and keeping it long and vibrant. Seriously good...and what a value given the quality and pedigree.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    2/24/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Barossa Shiraz is something that has to be tip toed around sometimes. There can be too much baggage for some people, understandable. This is a wine that is boisterous and exuberant but it is not over the top. It is that last part which has been the problem. Most people really like rich dark fruits. Most people like spice. Some people even like a little tapenade in their wine. This wine has plenty of the former and a respectable amount of the later two. Medium tannins and the secret ingredient, enough acidity to tie everything back together. This is the wine to reacquaint you with Australian Shiraz.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    2/24/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Powell & Son has become a standout in Barossa for its classic Shiraz style with an elegant and refined twist. While there is the beautiful fruit quality the sunny climate of Barossa is known for in this wine, it is in no way overly rich or ripe due to the structure and restrained winemaking style of this family winery. The excellent farming techniques ensure this Shiraz is picked early enough to retain acidity to balance out the succulent fruit. One of my favorite examples of Shiraz from this area, it has become the new standard for Barossa.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    2/24/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    As an advocate for all alcoholic specialties, I'm a big believer in understanding the essence of any particular style before criticizing it. I have to admit that I thought I understood the nature of all Barossa Valley shiraz years ago after getting hit over the head with high alcohol, big jammy fruit, and loads of sweetness. "This wine just isn't for me," I remember thinking. My colleague Ryan Woodhouse, our buyer for Australia, has enlightened me over the last few years however and forced me to rethink some of my former prejudices. The Powell & Son Barossa shiraz is definitely big and powerful, but at no point is it out of balance of heavy-handed. In fact, it's deeply-concentrated, explosive, and lush on the palate with gorgeous aromatics and plenty of meaty undertones. "This is what REAL Barossa shiraz should taste like," Ryan would go on to say. Now I've changed my tune completely. The Powell & Son wines offer bold flavors and incredible complexity to any wine drinker. Fans of zinfandel or smoky syrahs will want to grab a few of these. They're at the apex of the category in my humble opinion.

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