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2015 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

My aim with Plexus MVR is to promote a vibrant expression of fruit aromas from the interaction of the three varieties; and on the palate, to build structure and texture, rather than just acid crispness.

Region: Barossa.

Varieties: Marsanne 71%, Viognier 20% and Roussanne 9%.
Marsanne was sourced from the Marananga and Seppeltsfield region, Roussanne from the Kalimna region and Viognier from Eden Valley.

Winemaking: Gentle pressings were combined with free run juice and cold settled. Fermentation commenced in stainless steel but some of the Marsanne and Viognier finished fermentation in and was aged in barrel until bottled in early August. The remaining Marsanne and the Roussanne was aged on lees in tank until bottling, to enhance the structure and texture of the wine.

Oak Maturation: 50% aged in fine grain French Oak (with only 10% new oak) for 6 months.

Vintage: The 2015 vintage started with a warmer than usual spring followed by early, but even, flowering and fruit-set. Frost, particularly in the Northern Barossa reduced yields however the conditions during fruit ripening were pleasingly mild and dry with rain in mid-January brining some welcome relief. Picking started early on 6 February for Marsanne, however due the impact of frost we only able to secure a much smaller parcel of Roussanne, which matured slightly later and was picked on 19 February. Viognier was again sourced from the cooler Eden Valley, picked in mid-March.

Colour: Attractive pale straw.

Nose: Aromas of stone fruits, honeysuckle, dried apricot and subtle Asian spice.

Palate: Fresh flavours of nashi pear and stone fruit, the 2015 is medium bodied with a more-ish savoury finish supported by tangy acidity. Fresh and attractive as a young wine, it will develop in texture and richness and make for good food pairings with seafood and white meats.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2015 John Duval Plexus Marsanne Roussanne Viognier

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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
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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