2015 Powell & Son "Riverside" Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre Barossa South Australia

SKU #1312481 93 points Wine Spectator

 A supple, seamless mix of cherry and raspberry flavors, with dried violet, savory and smoky details, accented by hints of sarsaparilla. Polished and refined, especially on the effortless finish. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2030. (MW)  (6/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid to deep cherry red. Lots of spice and bright, juicy dark-red fruit aromas. Spicy on the palate too, sweet fruited and very silky. Gentle and fresh on the finish. Lively aftertaste. (JH)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: Powell & Son wines are sourced from various vineyard 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 as well as Eden Valley 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 and Spring seasons, then in Autumn 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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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2017 | Send Email
This is damn delicious, easy-drinking and surprisingly light on its feet. "GSM" blends from Barossa can sometimes feel too weighty or high in alcohol, but Powell & Son has crafted a perfectly restrained bottling for fans of both Australia and Rhone wines. Barossa reveals itself with a core of super-ripe raspberry, boysenberry, and dried cherry flavors. It gains a bit of complexity along the way from some spicy clove, cedar, and black pepper. Velvety from start to finish, and never letting up on the vibrant fruit or fleet acidity, this has got to be one of the most purely enjoyable $15 bottles I've ever tasted.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
Spicy, earthy dust with blackberries and strawberries. Dried cedar box notes and fresh oak flavors round this Barossa GSM into a sleek, velvety, delicious package. If you're typically a Rhone drinker, at this price, you gotta try one.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
This wine blew my mind and I was already a big fan of Dave Powell from his Torbreck days. Not only is it a crazy complex, thrilling, and complex bottle of wine, it's also one of the best deals I've come across in the 2017 calendar year—period. You don't have to be a Barossa fan to enjoy this one. Rhone fans and California fans should jump ship to at least try a bottle. There's big, ripe fruit, but it's bolstered by savory spice, meaty notes, smoke, and even a bit of scorched earth. The value available here for the "Riverside" is a direct result of our direct relationship with Dave and the winery. You won't find a Rhone-style blend this exciting for this price anywhere else. It's a mouth-coating experience that evolves into something truly special from the first sip to the finish. I've gone back numerous times to taste this one and on each occasion I've been just as excited by the wine. You can tell that Dave used some serious fruit for this expression.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2017 | Send Email
This is hands down going to be a please everyone wine at an incredible price. I can't believe the high quality winemaking of the Powells could result in another phenomenal wine they are willing to give away for so little. Soft, lush fruit shines through here and there is no harsh, stemmy tannin or blazingly high acid to fight with. While there are many GSM blends out there, this one really stood out for me due to its sheer drinkability, without being a flat, ripe fruit bomb sometimes associated with the Barossa. Simply a good, easy-drinking wine that I find to be a fantastic value for the price.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2017 | Send Email
Maybe one of the best deals I've secured in the last 5 years as our Australian Buyer. The sheer value offered by this wine convinced me in one sip to take the entire allocation offered by Dave and Callum Powell. When I committed to the wine it had no scores but that didn't matter, I was convinced that the quality of the wine in the bottle would make it a winner regardless of critical acclaim. The wine is a near-perfect rendition of this classic southern Rhone blend with the added intensity and richness of Barossa Valley. Big, lush, ripe fruit melding from red to black fruit, scorched earth, sweet spice. The ripe tannin are as smooth as silk, the wine is mouth-filling and bold but not at all over-the-top or excessive. Crafted by a master of his trade from the same vines that previously went into some MUCH more expensive bottlings at his prior place of employment ...enough said...the 93 points from Wine Spectator purely the icing on the cake.

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Rhone Blends



- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley