2016 Powell & Son Roussanne-Marsanne Barossa Valley South Australia SKU #1294340

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K&L Notes

94+ points Wine Front: "A portion of this wine, well, the Marsanne bit, gets to see time in some new oak and matures for a while in older oak too. It’s blended together rather than co-fermented. The Powell family are less known for their white wines, but this is one to get familiar with. It’s main feature is its richness of flavour but phenolics that lend chalky-squeaky texture to the wine. The perfume is pleasingly floral, showing some candle wax and honey notes, touches of pear and stone fruit. The magic happens in the palate with its licks of ripe-ish, honey-kissed stone fruit flavours bound in waxiness and drawn out long on chiseled edges. To boil it down, it’s a very complex, delicious, fine white wine that looks great now but will age superbly too. Sensational, actually." Winemaker's notes: "Our Roussanne Marsanne is based on the style of the great Hermitage Blancs of the Northern Rhone Valley. We aim for richness, minerality and hedonism in this, our most premium white wine. While floral, bright in fruit and pretty in youth this wine should age to become savoury, complex and decadent in years to come."

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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A wine inspired by Callum's time working with Rhone icon Jean Louis Chave in Hermitage. This is an homage to Chave's legendary white Rhones. A rich wine with texture and weight but adequate acidity to keep it balanced and long on the palate. A tiny production wine, part fermented in stainless and part in new French oak. Only very minimal fining and no filtration to retain as much richness as possible. A wine that uses phenolics for structure and longevity. I'll be super intrigued to see how this ages...I suspect very well.


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