John Duval Eligo Shiraz 2018
97 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE 95 POINT RATED STUART KNOX 94 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER & MIKE BENNIE
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- 97 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 POINT RATED STUART KNOX THE REAL REVIEW
- 94 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 94 POINT RATED MIKE BENNIE THE WINE FRONT
Elegant expression of rich dark fruits with some earthy savouriness and smoked meat flavours. Deep and intense with excellent fruit purity and freshness,finishing with a taut backbone and a long flowing tannin structure.
97 Point Rated Huon Hooke The Real Review
Very deep, saturated purple/red colour, with a smoky, graphite, charcoal and ironstone bouquet, complex and classic Barossa. The palate adds dark chocolate. The wine is powerful, concentrated, fleshy and dense, with ample tannins that are supple and ripe, contributing to a palate that has impeccable line and length. An outstanding Barossa shiraz, drinking well already but with many years ahead of it.
95 Point Rated Stuart Knox The Real Review
Inky core with a deep ruby rim. Mulberry, varnish and cedar aromas. Rich and velvet on the palate, dark fruits, cola and loamy earth complexities. Slides and glides with fine tannins and a light hint of brightening acidity. Very long.
94 Point Rated Tyson Stelzer Halliday Wine Companion
70/30% Eden/Barossa Valley fruit, from the best selection of the vintage. Matured 18 months in 55% new French oak hogsheads. Eden Valley fruit dominant for the first time. This shiraz achieves definition and detail via grand concentration and enduring structure. Deep wells of black fruits of all kinds, licorice and coal steam are confidently supported by a frame of new French oak tannins. A dry finish reflects a drought year, yet holds pretty good persistence and promise.
94 Point Rated Mike Bennie The Wine Front
Big, beefy, rich and ripe red with incredible concentration, depth and general sense of ‘drink with HAZMAT suit on’ kind of Barossa shock and awe. Such a presence in the glass, stains the snout with dark berry compote scents, aromas of boot polish, walnut, furniture polish, black pepper. The flavours are similar, it’s a beast, but so slick, smooth, impenetrable and then, holy heck, a little slick of tannin comes in to liven things up. It’s a bit OTT and slightly out of kilter in wood presence right now, but sheesh, this makes a big impact and gets so much of its heft and loping gait right. Big, done good. Take your time.
Excellent preceding winter and spring rains created good sub soil moisture levels which led to ample canopy coverage and a healthy fruit set. Summer was mild, which in combination with healthy yields resulted in vintage starting four weeks later than in 2016. Across our portfolio of releases from the 2017 vintage, the red wines show great flavour concentration, impeccable balance and an extra dimension of elegance.
Sourced from old vineyards in the Ebenezer, Moppa and Eden Valley regions comprising 74% Barossa Valley, 26% Eden Valley fruit.
The parcels of fruit were fermented separately in small stainless steel fermenters with submerged caps and twice daily pump overs. Some batches were left on skins for up to 2 weeks to extract additional colour and structure. Post classification, the component wines were matured in oak for 18months - 54% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre) and the balance 2 and 3 year old hogsheads. While we intend for the wine to be approachable in its youth, it will benefit from at least 5 years of cellaring and should be in good drinking zone for at least 15 years.
Barossa & Eden Valley, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink now cellar up to 2039|
|Bottle Top:||Foil over cork|
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