John Duval Barossa Plexus

John Duval Plexus 2017

Barossa Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%
When it comes to Australian winemakers, few are as esteemed as John Duval. Appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986, Duval followed in the footsteps of Australian winemaking greats including Max Schubert and Don Ditter, and was the custodian of Penfolds Grange for almost 30 years. In 2003, John Duval established his eponymous label, with a focus on old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz, along with some select other Rhone varietals.

John Duval Plexus is a traditional Barossa blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre made with the intention of expressing a wide spectrum of red fruit flavours whilst delivering structure and balance. Made using traditional winemaking techniques, the 2017 John Duval Plexus certainly delivers on its objective; this is a delicious, approachable red that will provide plenty of drinking pleasure over the coming decade.

Reviews of the 2016 vintage Plexus included below;

"95 Points. A 52/30/18% blend open-fermented separately, the grenache with up to 20% whole bunches, matured for 15 months in French hogsheads (13% new). This is a very good Barossa Valley SGM, looking to the future rather than the past. While the flavours are complex, there is a lightness of touch ex the winery after careful monitoring of ripeness in the vineyards. Thus it has the best of both worlds, and by rights should please everyone with its mix of cherry, plum and blackberry couched in savoury tannins on the finish. Drink By: 2026 Price: $40.00 Date Tasted: 25 Jan 2018 Alcohol: 14.5%" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

"94 Points. Shiraz 52%, grenache 30%, Mourvèdre 18%. All sourced from old vineyards across the Barossa and Eden valleys. Interestingly the grenache component sees 20% whole bunches. It’s mostly aged in old (up to 8 years) oak though there’s a 13% new (French) oak component. Everything about this wine seems meticulously managed and crafted. If you wanted to show someone the beauty of the GSM blend, you’d do well to show them this. It’s spot on. The spice, the florals, the rakes of dry tannin, the curls of anise, black cherry and woodsmoke. It’s not a big wine but it has a seriousness, a presence. The tannin in this wine; it sparks its way through from the mid palate on. Can’t fault this. It’s beautifully put together. Tasted: Jul18 Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $40 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2025" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Availability: In stock

$36.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
When it comes to Australian winemakers, few are as esteemed as John Duval. Appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986, Duval followed in the footsteps of Australian winemaking greats including Max Schubert and Don Ditter, and was the custodian of Penfolds Grange for almost 30 years.

In 2003, John Duval established his eponymous label, with a focus on old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz, along with some select other Rhone varietals.
6
South Australia
Barossa Valley
750
14.5
My aim with Plexus is express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish.

Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have medium term cellaring potential for 8-10 years.

Region: Barossa

Variety: Shiraz 52%, Grenache 30%, Mourvedre 18%. The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Ebenezer and Eden Valley regions, Grenache from the Tanunda, Ebenezer and Greenock regions and Mourvèdre from the Light Pass and Ebenezer regions.

Winemaking: Fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless steel fermenters.Grenache saw a small inclusion of whole bunches.

Oak Maturation: 100% barrel maturated for 15 months, with just 13% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels); with the balance in older seasoned hogseads.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 14.5%

pH 3.55

TA 6.10 g/l

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