Powell & Son 'Kraehe' Shiraz 2016

  • 98 Points from both Joe Czerwinski and Jeb Dunnuck
  • From a tiny, one hectare, 110-year-old vineyard in the Barossa Valley.
  • Packed with big voluptuous flavours - Dave Powell knows how to make world class Shiraz. Fact.
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  • Joe Czerwinski
    98 points
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    98 points
  • Mike Bennie
    95+ points

Editors notes

From a tiny, one hectare, 110-year-old vineyard in the Barossa Valley.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Joe Czerwinski

    "The 2016 Kraehe Shiraz comes from 110-year-old vines in Marananga. Like the Steinert Shiraz, it's aged in new barriques from Dominique Laurent, which give the wine attractive hints of pencil shavings and dried spices. On the palate, it's all blackberries and spice, full-bodied, plush and silky, with a never-ending finish and an extraordinary sense of grace and elegance."
  • Jeb Dunnuck

    "Another single vineyard masterpiece is the 2016 Shiraz Kraehe which comes from Maranaga region of the Barossa which is a slightly drier region, and this particular vineyard consists of red, iron-laced soils and vines upwards of 100 years in age. It has a more flamboyant, sexy style compared to the Steinert release and boasts a huge bouquet of black currants, raspberries, Asian spices, beef blood, and subtle graphite and classy oak. It’s deep, layered, and seamless on the palate, with full-bodied richness, plenty of underlying structure, awesome purity, and a singular character. This is another magical wine from this team of David Powell and his son Callum. It’s going to evolve for 20+ years as well."
  • Mike Bennie

    "There’s a no compromise feel to the Powell & Son project. Old vines. Vineyards farmed by hand by a quartet that includes Dave and Callum Powell and two other trusted farmer types. All fruit is now organically farmed (though not certified). The wines are of course full throttle, expressive and lavish. This Kraehe vineyard has several ‘plots’ on it, but this wine is made up of the oldest material of 100-year-old vines. There are 175 dozen produced. Moody, brooding fog of dark berried fruit, briar, pipe tobacco, black olives and subtle mahogany oak. Impossibly smooth, dense, slick and long in flavour. A supple, silken flow of concentrated dark fruit flavours and molten spice, with faint, form-fitting tannins soft but finely tightening and lengthening the wine. Very luxurious feel here."

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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Eden Valley

Eden Valley is a cool climate wine region between 400 and 600m up the Barossa range, to the east of the warmer Barossa Valley. It is of a similar size to Barossa Valley, but given the altitude and cooler climate, Eden Valley is reknowned for producing high quality Riesling and Shiraz. Due to its cool climate, small portions of cooler Eden Valley fruit are often blended with 'sister' wines from the Barossa Valley.

The cooler climate provides optimum conditions for long, slow ripening of the grapes, which generally retain acidity and developing complex flavours on the vine. The townships sub regions include Keyneton in the east, Truro in the north and Mt Pleasant in the south and High Eden, located even higher up the Barossa Ranges, with even cooler temperatures.

The soils of the region is generally nutrient poor yellow podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. With its rocky outcrop, which extends to the soild, most irrigation is provided by dams, and most vineyards plant their vines close together. When compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley is slightly higher in altitude and a little cooler, though has similar sunshine hours, but lower levels of continentality.

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About the brand Powell and Son

Powell & Son wines are made from some of the oldest and most sacred vineyards in the world. Sourced from various sites throughout the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Callum and Dave Powell employ traditional, minimalist winemaking techniques to produce a wine that speaks of the place that it was grown. Their inspiration for winemaking having its roots in France’s Rhone Valley, Powell & Son red wines are made from the classic Rhone varietals: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro and its whites: Roussanne, Marsanne and Riesling. The Powell philosophy is that a great wine is made in the vineyard and so Callum and Dave work the vineyards they use on their own in the Winter season, then in the Summer pick the fruit and vinify using old concrete ferment vats and basket pressing – producing unique and expressive wines from their most prized vineyards throughout the Barossa.

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