2015 Powell & Son "Riverside" Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre Barossa South Australia SKU #1312481


WS 93
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Winemaker's notes: Powell & Son wines are sourced from various vineyard sites throughout the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Callum and Dave Powell employ traditional, minimalist winemaking techniques to produce a wine that speaks of the place that it was grown. Their inspiration for winemaking having its roots in France’s Rhone Valley, Powell & Son red wines are made from the classic Rhone varietals: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro and its whites: Roussanne, Marsanne as well as Eden Valley Riesling. The Powell philosophy is that a great wine is made in the vineyard and so Callum and Dave work the vineyards they use on their own in the Winter and Spring seasons, then in Autumn pick the fruit and vinify using old concrete ferment vats and basket pressing, producing unique and expressive wines from their most prized vineyards throughout the Barossa.

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  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    This is damn delicious, easy-drinking and surprisingly light on its feet. "GSM" blends from Barossa can sometimes feel too weighty or high in alcohol, but Powell & Son has crafted a perfectly restrained bottling for fans of both Australia and Rhone wines. Barossa reveals itself with a core of super-ripe raspberry, boysenberry, and dried cherry flavors. It gains a bit of complexity along the way from some spicy clove, cedar, and black pepper. Velvety from start to finish, and never letting up on the vibrant fruit or fleet acidity, this has got to be one of the most purely enjoyable $15 bottles I've ever tasted.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Spicy, earthy dust with blackberries and strawberries. Dried cedar box notes and fresh oak flavors round this Barossa GSM into a sleek, velvety, delicious package. If you're typically a Rhone drinker, at this price, you gotta try one.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine blew my mind and I was already a big fan of Dave Powell from his Torbreck days. Not only is it a crazy complex, thrilling, and complex bottle of wine, it's also one of the best deals I've come across in the 2017 calendar year—period. You don't have to be a Barossa fan to enjoy this one. Rhone fans and California fans should jump ship to at least try a bottle. There's big, ripe fruit, but it's bolstered by savory spice, meaty notes, smoke, and even a bit of scorched earth. The value available here for the "Riverside" is a direct result of our direct relationship with Dave and the winery. You won't find a Rhone-style blend this exciting for this price anywhere else. It's a mouth-coating experience that evolves into something truly special from the first sip to the finish. I've gone back numerous times to taste this one and on each occasion I've been just as excited by the wine. You can tell that Dave used some serious fruit for this expression.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is hands down going to be a please everyone wine at an incredible price. I can't believe the high quality winemaking of the Powells could result in another phenomenal wine they are willing to give away for so little. Soft, lush fruit shines through here and there is no harsh, stemmy tannin or blazingly high acid to fight with. While there are many GSM blends out there, this one really stood out for me due to its sheer drinkability, without being a flat, ripe fruit bomb sometimes associated with the Barossa. Simply a good, easy-drinking wine that I find to be a fantastic value for the price.
    Top Value!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Maybe one of the best deals I've secured in the last 5 years as our Australian Buyer. The sheer value offered by this wine convinced me in one sip to take the entire allocation offered by Dave and Callum Powell. When I committed to the wine it had no scores but that didn't matter, I was convinced that the quality of the wine in the bottle would make it a winner regardless of critical acclaim. The wine is a near-perfect rendition of this classic southern Rhone blend with the added intensity and richness of Barossa Valley. Big, lush, ripe fruit melding from red to black fruit, scorched earth, sweet spice. The ripe tannin are as smooth as silk, the wine is mouth-filling and bold but not at all over-the-top or excessive. Crafted by a master of his trade from the same vines that previously went into some MUCH more expensive bottlings at his prior place of employment ...enough said...the 93 points from Wine Spectator purely the icing on the cake.


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