John Duval Wines Barossa Valley
After 29 years at PENFOLDS, during which time he was Chief Wine Maker for 16 years, John Duval struck out on his own in 2003. Unsurprisingly for the man who made Grange for many years, old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz is at the heart of what he does. However, Duval is not seeking to recreate the powerful, muscular style of Grange. Rather, his source of inspiration is Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, a wine which he was instrumental in creating because he wanted to realise the Barossa’s potential to produce elegant Shiraz using French oak. Grapes are sourced from pockets of excellence across the Barossa. The wines are long and layered, characterised by fleshy berry fruit of terrific purity supported by ripe, polished tannins. Plexus shows the characteristic red cherry notes of Grenache, but the style is more restrained and pleasingly drier in perception than is typical for the Barossa. Though rich and involving, Entity Shiraz shows a light hand in terms of oak and extraction. Flagship Eligo is more iron fist in velvet glove, showing denser layers of fruit well met by powerful but ripe tannins. A white Plexus is also made from a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. (SA)
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