2021 Flaxman Valley
Notes from the maker - Callum Powell:
2021 was textbook with a long, cool harvest. Prolonged ripening, no heat spikes leading to loss of natural acid or exaggerated alcohol. These wines were made without the use of additions aside from a dash of sulfur prior to bottling. Through vinification the aim is to retain the nuance and peculiarities of these sites and hold onto what makes them unique. If there is ever a house style in mind it would be to have a lack of style, much more a sense of transparency; time, vine, people and place. 2021 Flaxman comprises mostly Nathan Burley’s hillside site next door to our home, with a small inclusion of our old vines out the front of our house and one puncheon of Christa and Leon Deans’ Naimanya vineyard just up Flaxmans Valley Road. All of these old-vine sites are within a stone’s throw of each other and all straddle the top of the quartz-riddled granitic ridge of Flaxman Valley at about 500m altitude, with the Naimanya vineyard slightly higher in altitude at 520m, being one of the highest shiraz sites in South Australia.