JOHN DUVAL ENTITY SHIRAZ 2015

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John Duval was winemaker at Penfolds for 29 years and Chief Winemaker in charge of Grange, for 17 of those. He was also responsible for the creation of the RWT Shiraz. He created his own label in 2003.
Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"Lifted notes of violets, dark berries and plum, enhanced by cocoa powder and savoury, spicy Frenchoak. Palate: Rich yet tightly packed with an array of concentrated dark fruits. The layered fruit is supported by enlivening acidity and fine, very long tannins which will enable ample cellaring potential. 100% barrelmatured for 15 months, with 35% new fine grain French oak hogsheads(300 litres) and the balance in 2, 3 and 4 year old hogsheads."
96/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion (2015 Vintage)
"Matured for 17 months in French oak (35% new). Reflects - in the best sense - John Duval’s long career as the chief architect of Grange. This brings together depth, texture and complexity to a palette (sic) of black fruits, ripe tannins and oak. It cries out for patience (as does Grange), and the greater your patience, the greater the reward.”
94/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"John Duval making shiraz from the Barossa is like eggs going with bacon. This wine comes from a selection of ‘old vine’ vineyards in various parishes of the Barossa. It sees some third or so new oak being engaged in the winemaking and maturation process. Classic styling.

Oak leads the wine in cedary-spicy scents, whiffs of coffee grounds, but I reckon that’s going to settle in just fine. Dark fruits, plums and berries, make up the rest of bouquet, with a smattering of seaweed-greenery character for good measure. The palate is all seduction, lush fruit flavours, opulent texture, smooth, broad tannins. The wine finishes with lingering sweetness and a dusting of perky spice. It’s pitch perfect, earlier drinking style in a sense, but should mature very well."



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