2022 Agricola Theel’s Handfibel Shiraz Barossa Valley – The Powell family have been making award winning wines in the Barossa for decades. Now son Callum has released his on Barossa label. These wines are totally different to your usual big, bold reds of the Barrosa – lower alcohol, lo-fi, pure and elegant.
This release sees 4 wines in the range – Ebenezer, Flaxman Valley, Kalimna Sands and Theel’s Handfibel. All wines spent 12 months in oak, with less than 10% of it being new oak. Flaxman and Kalimna tend to be in larger puncheons and demi-muid while Ebenezer and Theel’s Handfibel for the most part have been aged in barriques 225L. All wild fermented with no adds aside from some sulfur late in the process. Everything is 100% whole bunch and ferments for 3-4 weeks.
Theel’s Handfibel is a blend of the same sites that went into this year’s Ebenezer and Kalimna Sands, featuring the 19th century alphabet chart ‘Theel’s Handfibel’ which was unearthed some years ago at the Barossa Archives and its font has since been used to communicate place on the other labels.
Sitting at a modest 13.5% alcohol which hash helped produce a fresher, more modern style of Barossa Shiraz. Lots of ripe fruits, think plums and dark berries. A nice mix of herbs. Intensity is high and concentration a big player here. Good earthy complexity, a splash of dark chocolate and balanced oak. Tannin structure is superb and holds everything together. What a wine!
Single Price: $96.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $72.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $864.00