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Powell & Son "Stienert" Flaxman’s Valley Shiraz 2016
Region: Barossa Valley
Winery: Powell & Son
Grapes: Shiraz
Vintage: 2016
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Description: The Steinert vineyard is situated in the high hills of the Eden’s Flaxman’s Valley and contains some of the most prized and ancient vines of the Barossa. These historic, dry-grown, rod and spur pruned vines have now passed 120 years of age. The Steinert family still own the vineyard to this day. The vineyard slopes provide an East to North-Easterly exposure and the soil consists of dark quartzitic loam. The Steinert vineyard for many years has provided the backbone for famous wines of the Barossa, though until now has never had the opportunity to produce a wine on its own to show its true character. The 480 metres altitude and North-Easterly exposure allow the vines to experience a very long and cool ripening period, producing fruit with outstanding accumulation of complex flavours and elegant, powerful tannins. At maturity, we hand pick the fruit from the five acre vineyard in three seperate passes and ferment it using traditional open-top concrete vats and pump overs. Once fermented the wine is racked and the skins are basket pressed slowly to encourage gentle extraction of tannin . The wine is then transferred to new Dominique Laurent barriques for wild malolactic fermentation followed by 18 months oak maturation before bottling without fining or filtration.


Reviews

Publication Score Comments
The Wine Advocate 98 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Priced in the same ballpark as another Eden Valley Shiraz icon, the Powells' 2016 Steinert Shiraz deserves to be mentioned in that same class. Sourced from the cooler Flaxman Valley portion of the region from vines more than 120 years old, it boasts complex aromas of garrigue, baking spices, black cherries and raspberries. It's full-bodied, creamy-textured and rich, with echoes of red fruit and wet stone on the nearly endless finish.
Wine Spectator 95 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Dense but supple, giving an air of elegance to the mix of gingerbread, fresh loam, cedar and espresso flavors, with a toasted chestnut accent to the core of dark fruit. Polished and refined, lingering effortlessly. Drink now through 2028. -MW