Episode 11 is with Callum Powell of Agricola Vintners based in Australia’s Barossa Valley. This episode will focus on Callum’s background, and the next episode you’ll hear him talk more specifically about his two Syrah wines, which by the way come with very high praise from his winemaker peers, notably Fraser McKinley from Sami-Odi.
It’s impressive because at 28 years old, Callum is one of – if not the youngest winemaker from any country in our book. You might recognize his last name, Powell, as he is the son of Dave Powell, the man who launched Torbreck. In today’s episode, you’ll hear Callum’s coming of age in the wine industry, starting with memories of Torbreck back in the 90s. You’ll hear about all the people who have molded Callum’s perspective, from his dad to Jean Louis Chave to the folks at Tyrells and Jasper Hill, just to name a few. Callum also shares his take on what it means to be a young winemaker in Australia, pruning vines 4 times his age, and how the notion of terroir – or to use Callum’s more literal interpretation – provenance, is viewed in Australia. It’s been quite a journey for Callum, and to begin the story, we have to go back to when he was just a twinkle in his parents’ eyes…
Hosted by Charlotte Alsaadi.
Special thanks to SNACKTIME for the music!