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2014 John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourverdre

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From ex-Grange maker John Duval comes this elegant and juicy SGM. Scents of raspberries, dark cherries and deli-meats rise appealingly out of the glass, before the palate chimes in with red and black berry tastes, a lick of toast, chalky tannins, and a dry, savoury-edged finish. This man doesn't know how to make a bad wine!

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Vibrant purple red

Nose: Attractive ripe red and black fruit complemented by savoury, spicy notes

Palate: Generous with good intensity of bright, plush blackberry fruit and Christmas cake character. Appealing texture with soft tannin backbone

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2014 John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourverdre

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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
A 47/32/21% blend drawn from old vineyards in a number of districts, Krondorf the one constant, fermented with submerged cap (header boards), matured in French hogsheads (10% new). As is appropriate, complex, but largely fruit-driven, with red cherries/berries and plums to the fore, oak and (particularly) tannins taking a back seat.
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Mike Bennie (2012 Vintage) says
Bold, full flavoured, ample in texture and weight, but never swerves from the compact, structured profile that beguiles. It's a wine of ripe fruit, tense tannin, smooth oak and great flow. Slosh into a big glass or lock down in the cellar. Class act all up.
WBM Reviews August, 2014
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright colour; a beautifully generous, plump and fleshy blend, with a backbone of Provencal garrigue providing light to the masses of sweet red and black fruits shade; the trailing spice and purity of fruit are seamless and very long
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The shiraz, grenache and mourvedre blend from Duval is a very handy wine in the 2010 vintage, showing an array of creamy summer berry fruits on the nose, some smooth, cedary oak adding spice here too; fresh and intense. The palate has supple, lively kick, toasty oak wafts through ripe plum, pomegranate and summer berry fruit flavours, and there s a touch of leather to close.
Good Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
The crimson-purple hue puts the often insipid colour of Barossa Valley SGMs to shame; the fragrant bouquet and vibrant black cherry and plum fruit of the palate likewise; quality French oak has been used to maximum advantage.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Faultless, finely balanced, this very floral and sweetly oaked expression of this style has a wild perfume of violets, ripe fruits, vanilla and bubblegum before a measured, elegance and sweetly fruited palate of delightful grenache-driven flavour. Packed with bright, beautifully presented flavours of blueberries, cassis and raspberries, it's fleshy and supple, finishing long, soft and finely controlled.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 Plexus leads with shiraz, then grenache and mourvedre, and shows bright purple colour in the glass. The oak sits up a little on the nose, with sweet resiny accents ahead of dark plums, plenty of spice and some wild mountain herbs. A handy ball of smoothly ripened fruit on the palate, blue fruits and plums too, and some toasty oak adding richness to the finish. Best in a few years.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Purple-red; Barossa Valley blends of shiraz/grenache/mourvedre seldom have the poise, conviction or richness of this wine; the flavours are multi-layered yet not the least jammy, the tannins particularly good, the length all one can ask for.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant and well structured, this balanced and approachable red bend has a fresh, briary and slightly confiture-like aroma of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries. cherries and sweet chocolate/vanilla oak with licorice and clove-like undertones. It's vibrant, mouthfilling and juicy, round and generous, delivering a smooth, creamy presence on the palate delightfully stuffed with dark fruits and underpinned by fine tannins. It finishes dusty and savoury, with meaty elements balanced by sweet oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright, but light, colour; a fragrant bouquet of red fruits is replicated on the light- to medium-bodied palate, backed by gossamer fine, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Plexus is a classic blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre. Sheer enjoyment. Packed with fruit flavour - think raspberry and blackberry jam - and yet it still manages some kind of elegance. It's the polish, the lack of any overt alcohol heat and the undercurrent of earthy, loamy complexity Clear quality. Beautiful to drink.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; a beautifully balanced and utterly seamless array of red and black fruits, without a scintilla of confection character; lovely now or in 10 years. Bargain.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Duval leads with shiraz ahead of grenache and mourvedre, it's a bright, forthright wine in '06, showing regional blackberry shiraz fruits and earthy/savoury mourvedre; perfectly ripe. Grenache weighs in with more red fruits in the mouth, supple and structured, impeccably balanced and seamlessly woven together.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
I got this sample bottle just before the second State of Origin clash. It was so good, I put it aside for the game. I figured if we lost it would ease the pain and if we won—what a good wine to celebrate with. And it was! John Duval, don't forget (as if you could), made Grange for years so he knows what he's doing. A sensational wine now, even better next year—and next decade.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
This is one of the very best of its type, stunningly complex, balanced, seamless and full of Barossa generosity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Far more structure and substance than the majority of Barossa Valley blends of these varieties; abundant spicy black fruits; excellent tannins and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; subtle and refined combination of spicy, savoury red and black berry fruit; fine, ripe tannins; skilled French oak use.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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