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Powell & Son Schulz Shiraz 2016

Powell & Son Schulz Shiraz 2016

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"The 2016 Schulz Shiraz comes from northern Barossa, near Koonunga Hill. It's full-bodied and concentrated but more perfumed than powerful, with seductive notes of mint, mixed raspberries and blueberries and tea leaves. The fresh, vibrant fruit might surprise some tasters, but the tannins are soft and supple, caressing rather than confronting. While approachable now, this wine should drink well for over a decade. Drink: 2018-2030. 95 points

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."

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (238)