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2014 John Duval Plexus Marsanne Roussanne Viognier

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Ex-Grange winemaker John Duval moves a little closer to his love of the Rhone valley with this more medium-bodied white blend that has seen a light touch of oak. Delicious smells of pears, apple pie, jasmine florals and honeyed notes float out of the glass to tempt the senses, meanwhile the palate is dry and zesty, with stone fruit, apple and honey flavours, a bright, taut line of lemony acidity, a talcy texture, and a subtle grip on the long finish with a kick of ginger spice. This would be awesome with a chicken satay.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Attractive pale straw

Nose: Aromas of stone fruits, honeysuckle and dried apricot

Palate: Medium bodied with good texture, dry finish and balanced acidity. Favours of nectarine, mandarin and pear make for good food pairings with seafood to white meats.

Alc/vol: 12.7%

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2014 John Duval Plexus Marsanne Roussanne Viognier

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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
Texture, flavour, spice and length. Worthy of contemplation and even of drinking by itself; it has the strength and body to hold its own. A dry, slate-y, stony wine with floral highlights, tending towards a grassiness. You won't be bored, that's for sure.
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Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
Marsanne (71%), Roussanne (20%) and Viognier (9%). Marsanne and Roussanne from the Barossa Valley, Viognier from the Eden Valley. 50% of the wine spent a short period in used oak. It needs a little extra time to flesh out but this looks the goods. Will be interesting to follow its development. There’s some tartness for now but there’s also pulpy nectarine and melon, with green apple, chalk and spice notes aplenty. Interesting, dry, textural style. Wait 6-12 months.
2017 - 2021
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