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Powell & Son Brennecke Seppeltsfield Grenache 2016
Region: Barossa Valley
Winery: Powell & Son
Grapes: Grenache
Vintage: 2016
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Description: The Brennecke Vineyard is located on the North-Western corner in the Seppeltsfield district of the Barossa Valley. Marilyn Homes is the custodian of the vineyard, her maiden name being Brennecke. The vines were planted at the turn of the twentieth century in 1901. As a family we have been managing this vineyard with Marilyn since 1992. The Brennecke vines are dry grown and pruned by the bush vine method. The vines experience a steep South-Easterly slope and grow in heavy red clay, over limestone subsoils. These factors together allow the fruit to accumulate a high phenolic content at ripeness, which translate to tremendous palate structure and tannin backbone in the wine. We believe that very few Grenache vineyards have the potential to produce a single varietal Grenache wine and that only some are able to provide structure and age-ability. After decades of working with many of the great Grenache vineyards of the Barossa, we believe the Brennecke vineyard to be unique and unrivalled in the style of Grenache wine that it produces.


Publication Score Comments
The Wine Advocate 95 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
The 150 cases of the 2016 Brennecke Grenache will no doubt sell out quickly. Aged in 100% new Tronçais barriques, the nose hints at woodsmoke, crushed stone and pencil shavings, while the full-bodied palate reveals crystalline-pure, bright cranberry and pie-cherry flavors. It's surprisingly crisp, with herb and savory notes on the long, zesty finish. Although the supple tannins make this wine approachable now, I'd give it a couple of years in the cellar to better harmonize and soften.
Wine Spectator 96 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Velvety, aromatic and detailed, with sandalwood, bacon, and mahogany notes that leap out of the glass, giving way to equally precise blueberry, wild blackberry and plum compote elements. Features tremendous density and presence on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2028. -MW