Longtime Torbreck lovers will be thrilled to know that David Powell, who left the estate he created in 1994 on contentious terms in 2013, is now back in the game and making wines with his son, Callum Powell. Their first vintage was in 2014 and given Powell’s long-term relationships in the Barossa, they continue to have access to amazing old vine vineyards and incredible fruit.
This report looks at their newly released 2016s, which come from a warm, even, dry year for South Australia that saw both high quality and good yields. The wines possess plenty of intensity and depth, yet also shine for their purity and elegance.
While the sexy, flamboyant, almost over the top style of Powell’s early releases at Torbreck seems to have been pulled back slightly at Powell & Son, these brilliant wines are unquestionably at the same quality level as anything Powell has achieved in the past (and are priced as such as well). In addition, given the early involvement of the next generation in Callum Powell, the future looks very bright at this address.