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2014 John Duval Entity Shiraz

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The Entity shiraz shows it's Barossa roots from it's deep and powerful, dark fruited and spicy nose, right through to its full-bodied, lush, black and blue fruited flavours. However, it is more elegant and interesting than most and everything is in balance from the oak to the acid and tannins. It also has appealing licks of savouriness just to keep things interesting, which is what you would expect from an ex-Grange winemaker. It will improve in the cellar over the next few years, but it would be fantastic with some roast lamb right now.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep purple red

Nose: Dark fruit expression of blackberry and plum, gives way to some lifted floral notes and savoury, spicy French oak.

Palate: Full bodied and generous with excellent concentration of blackberry fruit. Textured layers of fruit, balanced acidity and fine, long tannins will enable good cellaring potential.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 John Duval Entity Shiraz

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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
From old vineyards in Krondorf, Marananga and Eden Valley, open-fermented with submerged cap (header board), matured for 15 months in French oak (35% new). Succulent, rich and powerful, with predominantly black fruits and some spice. The hallmarks are its supple mouthfeel and effortless balance.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Long and measured, this evenly ripened shiraz marries a sweetly ripened, plush presence of fruit with fine-grained chocolatey oak and velvet tannins. Its floral, spicy bouquet of blackberries, cassis and dark plums reveals nuances of blueberry and briar, cinnamon and clove. Full to medium-bodied, it's smooth and creamy, with a finely balanced palate of penetrative small dark berry fruit, chalky tannins, chocolatey oak, a note of licorice and a lingering finish of fresh acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; the perfumed bouquet proclaims the class of the wine, its array of blackberry, plum and spice fruit duly delivered on the medium-bodied palate; silky tannins and quality oak complete the picture.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Supple and stylish, this very polished and fragrant shiraz has a meaty, rather gamey bouquet of blackberries, cassis, mulberries and fine-grained oak with a whiff of black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. It's medium to full-bodied, long and creamy, with bright berry fruit underpinned by fine, crafted tannins, finishing with the delicacy, length and savoury qualities of its Eden Valley component
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 Entity is right on par with Duval's previous efforts in this premium space, showing ripe dark plums and black fruits, anise, some sweetly tanned leather, boot polish, molasses and fresh-sawn oak. The palate's built on ripe, hearty fruit, with a dense core of smoothly sculpted tannin; plenty of blackberry and plum flavour here in a sleek, age-worthy style.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Intense, dark purple-crimson; a highly expressive and complex bouquet of black fruits, licorice and oak is followed by a full-bodied palate that is savoury rather than jammy, notes of dark chocolate joining the black fruits. A 30-year future is conservative.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Duval's 2008 Barossa shiraz has a deep-purple/red colour and looks intense in the glass. He's worked the ripeness and richness into a very smooth result - experienced hands indeed. The nose has classic black fruits, chocolate and tar, some smoked meats and ripe blood plum. On the palate, it's ripe and juicy, with deep dark-berry flavour, ripe and lithe tannins and a well-balanced, spritely finish. Great depth.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Delicious and finely honed Barossa shiraz set for drinking now. Sweet, juicy and slightly jammy aromas of blackberries, blueberries, redcurrants and blood plums are backed by creamy, vanilla and chocolatey oak plus undertones of cinnamon and cloves. Sumptuous and juicy, it's long, vibrant and silky-smooth, delivering sweet flavours of berries and plums, tightly knit with aromatic and slightly gamy, mocha-like oak. It finishes with lingering nuances of chocolate, licorice and mint.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A fragrant bouquet and high-toned palate, quality oak an essential part of the wine; an almost European restraint in its make­up
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
John Duval is one of the very few people in the world whose experience includes chief winemaker of Penfolds Grange. There's a lot more to him, but that fact alone makes him a living Australian-wine legend. It tastes juicy, tarry, ripe but not overly sweet. Lovely balance of fruit, tannin and acid; lovely line through the finish. A vague sort of saltiness, but not too overt. Lots of tarry, dark-fruit flavour. Needs another year or two in the bottle to start showing its best, after which it should drink smoothly and very well.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Saturated crimson-purple; has achieved the density of fruit to guarantee a 30-year life without the least hint of overripe fruit or alcohol heat; perfect balance and integration of fruit, oak and tannins; the work of a master.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Duval's latest Entity shiraz sits in a refined style, he's taken the best of Barossan shiraz fruit and crafted it into complex, layered shape. Dark berries, tar and plum fruit aromas, there's an essential freshness and vibrant heart to the palate that really impresses. Oak weighs in with chocolate flavour through sweeping waves of fruit-soaked tannins. A concentrated, elegant and thoughtful Barossa shiraz.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Harmonious fruit, alcohol and oak handling; very considerable length; old vine fruit has soaked up 17 months in French oak. High-quality wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
John Duval is one of only four people who can claim to have been responsible for the making of Penfolds Grange - from 1986 to 2002. He now buys high quality Barossa Valley red grapes, and turns them into high quality red wines under his own name. 2005 RELEASE Black Barossan shiraz on full show. Big, plush, syrupy wine with toasty, sawdusty oak and oodles of dark, plummy, liqueurous fruit power. It's a hefty, almost porty wine but the flavours are delivered to your tongue in fine, fresh condition, DRINK 2008-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deep colour; full-bodied, but supple and smooth; concentrated blackberry and plum with seamless oak and fine tannins; great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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