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2013 John Duval Eligo Shiraz

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep purple-red

Nose: Savoury berry, spice nose. Blackberry and blueberry with hints of liquorice and dark chocolate

Palate: Elegant expression of dark fruit with concentrated layers of berry, earthy savouriness and smoked meat flavours. Long and intense with excellent texture and balanced tannin structure

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2013 John Duval Eligo Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
Represents the best wine of the vintage, sourced from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, matured for 20 months in French hogsheads (75% new). The aim is a structured (achieved in spades) and elegant (give it 10 years) expression of Barossa shiraz. My query on elegance is due to the obvious French oak: it simply needs a Grange-like decade to come into integrated balance.
97
Wine Advocate (2014 Vintage) says
Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2014 Eligo has pronounced black plum and blackberry preserves aromas over nuances of charcoal, grilled meat, earth, peppercorns and aniseed. Rich, ripe, concentrated and with firm, finely grained tannins on the palate, it has a taut backbone and great length.
2017 - 2030
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Essency black fruits, savoury roasted meat aromas and fragrant wood spices are all evident on the bouquet; the palate is full-bodied and muscular with prodigious tannins lying in wait beneath the succulent black fruits on offer.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Stylish, contemporary Barossa shiraz that retains its regional style. A de luxe marriage of profound fruit and oak, it's beautifully handled and seamles. Dense aromas of blackberries, dark plums, cassis and mulberries knitted with meaty, chocolatey oak reveal gamey notes of animal hide and lanolin. Dripping with dark, ripe fruit, it's still velvely and finely balanced, with tightly knit smoky oak and a hint of minerality that enhances its savoury aspect.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
This is the very essence of old-vine Barossa shiraz, made with generosity and warmth as a core value; masses of sweet black fruits, bitter chocolate, graphite tannins and toasty oak combine to deliver a silky mouthful of tannins and plenty of warmth of alcohol; concentration kept in check, and exceptionally long.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
95
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
This monumentally oaked Barossa middleweight has a deeply ripened and faintly raisined bouquet with deep, smoky aromas of berries and cherries, smoked oyster, mocha and dark chocolate. Full to medium weight, its sumptuous, unctuous palate marries ultra-polished smooth and charry oak with rich, ripe dark fruits, finishing long and brambly with suggestions of currants and minerals.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Densely coloured and structured with great potential on release. The aromas fresh and poised layered and alive with floral blackberry and a savoury tapenade edge. Oak support is there as distant well judged whisper. The fresh ripe palate is beautifully articulated and balanced with the balance and regional tannins showing potential to age long and well.
Rob Geddes MW
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vivid purple hue; deep, dark and concentrated black fruit, tar, toasty oak and roasted meat all combine on the bouquet; the palate is dark and dense, with the powerful swathe of black fruit combining seamlessly with abundant new oak; chewy and fresh on the finish, the wine is still unevolved but balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
John Duval's flag is flying handsomely with this '08 Eligo, a blend of three vineyards with one component representing the Eden Valley for moderation. It's a creamy-smelling array of ripe plums, blackberries and red fruits; some tarry accents, vanilla, chocolate and liquorice. The palate's smoothly crafted along sturdy tannin lines, and packed with a heart of juicy middle-palate flesh and a dense, spiced-chocolate finish, with the fruit welling upwards and arcing long.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
95
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Densely coloured and structured with great potential on release. The aromas fresh and poised layered and alive with floral blackberry and a savoury tapenade edge. Oak support is there as distant well judged whisper. The fresh ripe palate is beautifully articulated and balanced with the balance and regional tannins showing potential to age long and well.
Rob Geddes MW
91
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The very best shiraz to pass through Duval's experienced hands, this has a superb sense of depth and grace, relying on soulful, rich regional depth. Blackberry, black cherry and cassis are all nicely framed in savoury oak and gentle spice -refined and tidy. The palate makes a statement of structure and precision, deep tarry blackberry flavours build to spiced blood plum through the finish. Impressively balanced, beautifully extruded and convincing shiraz.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
96
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Densely structured yet undeveloped on release, this is fresh and ripe with potential to age long and well.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Dense but bright colour; has perfectly pitched blackberry, plum fruit and French oak on both the bouquet and medium-to full-bodied palate, with a very long finish. Cork in deference to the export market
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Has great concentration and structure and, above all, length to its panoply of red and black berry fruit; both oak and tannins positive, but nonetheless in a support role.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Duval has introduced this elite wine, a selection of the best shiraz he identified from the '05 vintage; it was given an additional spell in the finest French timber. Precise blackberry aromas, some tarry notes, it has eaten up the oak and smells quite elegant. Fruit has been sculpted with experienced hands and delivered in refined shape - plum and dark berry flavours, fine dense tannins, impeccable balance.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Densely structured yet undeveloped on release, this is fresh and ripe with potential to age long and well.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92

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