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2015 John Duval Plexus Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mourverdre
All the right ingredients for the Barossa red wine fiends; John Duval winemaker, old vine, low yield, mesh of Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvedre. Righteous. Only 10% new oak is used in this wine, though it is matured for 15 months in barrel. From the get-go these have been honest-to-goodness wines. A good year here too.
Reserved sweet-berried fruit scents, faint nougat, cedar, liquorice, undergrowth. Attractive set up. Medium weight, fruit forward, fine ribbons of tannin, bright acidity. This has such deliciousness to it. Lighter shade of Barossa in a way, fine feeling, but full flavoured, with crisp edges and a fresh finish. Indeed, it’s probably a bit light on for stalwarts of true blue Barossa red wines, but it is very good in its own way.2017 - 2030
Matured for 15 months in French oak (10% new). Richly robed in luscious fruits supported by gentle tannins and a dab of oak. It is well made (of course) and is strongly Barossan in temperament. What you make of this will depend on your personal preference.Drink by 2029
A flavourful red with lots of juicy-fruit and chocolate character. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a savoury finish.