Category Archives: Eden Valley Shiraz

Jul 07 2016

Powell & Son – A “Seriously Impressive” new wine label

Posted on July 07, 2016 | By merrill@cellarit.com

In her recent report on South Australian wines, the Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown singled out two newcomers, Powell & Son and Sons of Eden, as “seriously impressive.”

Anyone familiar with the Barossa’s fabled Torbreck Wines would have already guessed that the Powell in Powell & Son is none other than Torbreck founder Dave Powell. Dave teamed up with his 22 year old son Callum a couple of years ago to start a new small-scale eponymous wine label at the Riverside Vintners in Lyndoch.

Apparently Callum’s birth in 1994 coincided with the pressing of the first vintage of Dave’s own shiraz, so you could say that Callum was born with wine in his blood! Before starting a degree in oenology at Roseworthy, Callum had a stint working under Jean-Louis Chave in Hermitage. Dave is quick to acknowledge that his precocious son is already developing his own unique winemaking style.

But only someone of Dave’s experience and bravado would release an inaugural flagship shiraz with a sticker price of $750 a bottle! Yet the critics haven’t blinked an eye at either the price tag or the pedigree of the Powell & Son Steinert Flaxman’s Valley Shiraz. (Only 220 cases of the 2014 vintage were made.)

Steinert is indeed a very impressive vineyard. Located in Eden’s Flaxman’s Valley, the vines are more than 120 years old and cost the Powells $10,000 a tonne. Dave and Callum are relishing the opportunity to spend time together in this special vineyard, working it to perfection.

davepowell4Of the inaugural 2014 vintage, Perrotti-Brown remarked that “it’s a very pretty wine possessing a deep garnet-purple color and lifted nose of kirsch, crushed red currants and black raspberries with suggestions of wild thyme, lavender, black pepper and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm backbone of grainy … Read the rest

Jun 06 2014

Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz upgraded to ‘Exceptional’ in Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine VI

Posted on June 06, 2014 | By merrill@cellarit.com

The Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz was recently upgraded to ‘exceptional’ in the recently released 6th edition of Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine. Its elevation puts it in rarefied company that includes its more celebrated sibling, the Henschke Hill of Grace and, of course, Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange.

Fans of Mount Edelstone were no doubt surprised that its inclusion in the top tier had taken so long! Indeed, 2012 marked the 100 year anniversary of the planting of Henshke’s historic 16 ha Mount Edelstone vineyard in the Eden Valley, and Henschke has produced 62 consecutive vintages of the wine since 1952 – making it possibly the longest consecutive produced single vineyard wine in Australia!

Like the Hill of Grace, Mount Edelstone is a terroir driven wine. As wine critic Andrew Graham remarked after a vertical tasting dating back to 1992, “the fruit is so distinctive. Even in the more challenging years- the drier and the wetter years – those fabled shiraz characters always shine through.” (100 years of Henschke Mt Edelstone – the century tasting, by Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, 4 November 2012)

 

 

Stephen and Prue HenschkeThe Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his Keyneton farming property in 1862. Cyril Henschke propelled the winery to international prominence with the creation of Australia’s first single vineyard wines – the Mount Elderstone in 1952 and the Hill of Grace in 1958. Today, the winery is owned and managed by fifth generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue, who is one of Australia’s leading viticulturists.

In 2006 Prue and Stephen jointly received the prestigious Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine’s  Winemaker of the Year award in recognition of  “their complete integration of vineyard and winery.” Prue’s innovative vineyard management practices, … Read the rest