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John Duval Plexus Barossa Valley Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre


“John Duval is a legendary name. As only the third winemaker to be entrusted with the making of Australia’s most famous wine, Grange, John worked for Penfolds for 28 years (including 16 years as chief winemaker) until his departure in 2002. Despite his legendary status, John is a quiet, unassuming man who just happens to be one of the world’s great winemakers. He set out on his own with the 2003 vintage, sourcing fruit from some long-time friends in the Barossa. ‘Plexus’ Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre and ‘Entity’ Shiraz have quickly established the reputation of this label.

The Shiraz for ‘Plexus’ is sourced from vineyards in the Krondorf, Marananga and Ebenezer regions, giving the wine lovely weight and depth. The Grenache is from old bush vines in the Ebenezer and Tanunda regions, which gives the wine great aromatics along with softness and richness on the palate, while the Mourvedre, from old bush vines from the Light Pass and Krondorf regions (the oldest is over a 100 years old), lends the wine a spicy character and good tannic structure.

‘Entity’ is sourced mainly from old Shiraz vineyards in the Krondorf, Tanunda and Lights Pass regions and in recent vintages has also included some Eden Valley Shiraz to promote the vibrancy and elegant expressions of the ‘Entity’ style. The ‘Plexus’ white, a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, was introduced in 2010 and is fast gaining the sort of reputation that John’s reds have long enjoyed. Only made in the best years, the ‘Eligo’ Shiraz has the highest quality grapes selected from the vintage. The wine has 20 months of ageing in 75% new French oask hogsheads and 255 in older casks.”

Country: Australia

Vintage: 2019

Grapes: Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz

Style: Medium Bodied

Alcohol Volume: 14.5%

Tasting Notes: Deep crimson, the 2016 Plexus has an attractive red and black fruit character with savoury undertones. Generous on the palate, with a soft texture and fine soft tannins.

Food Pairing: Red Meat, Salmon