2016 Powell & Son Riverside Grenache-Mataro-Shiraz

Year: 2016
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Advocate: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$17.95

"The Powells' entry-level red is the 2016 Riverside Grenache Mataro Shiraz, a 70/20/10 blend that spent 15 months in foudres prior to bottling. It's full-bodied but floral and fine, with a silky texture, cherry fruit and a bit of earthy depth. It should drink well for 3-4 years, possibly more.

Dave Powell was the founding winemaker at Torbreck (1994), where he single-handedly built the brand into a major player before being ousted in a business dispute. The 2016s are the third vintage for him and his son Callum under the Powell & Son label. Many of the vineyard sources are similar to those he worked with previously, but there's no doubt Callum has had an impact on the style of the wines, as they're definitively not Torbreck. The changes are subtle, but there's a finer eye on the oak and gentle extraction, all in pursuit of intricacy and detail in the finished wines. "It's been crucial for me to have Callum come in and give another perspective," said Powell. The stars of the lineup are the Steinert and Kraehe Shirazes, very different expressions from very different sites, but it is impossible to go wrong with any of the latest releases." (WA)

"The 2016 Riverside Grenache Mataro Shiraz is a good value, as well as an introduction to the wines of this estate. Lots of kirsch, ground pepper, fennel bulb, and earthy spice notes all flow to a medium-bodied, charming, delicious red that scores incredibly high on the pleasure scale. It’s going to be versatile on the dinner table and is ideal as a house red to drink over the coming 3-4 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro combines all three of the great Rhone red varieties, harmonising the unique attributes of each variety into a complete wine. The blend is predominantly Grenache (approximately two thirds – vintage dependent) from mature Barossa Valley Grenache bush vines, with Shiraz and Mataro making up the balance. The parcels are matured for 15 months in 2,300 litre French oak foudres prior to blending and bottling. As the dominant component, Grenache offers powerful aromas of red fruits, kirsch and black cherries, complemented by mincemeat, leather, game and heavy spices from the Shiraz and Mataro influences.

“The Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro is intense in its perfumed aromas of cherry liqueur and blackberry compote, with notes of spice and anise. The palate is voluptuous and supple, with the Grenache component shining through. Flavours of dark fruits predominate with velvety tannins providing a backbone to carry the flavours through to the finish.”