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93 Points
92 Points
5 Red Star Rated Winery
John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mouverdre 2020

John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mouverdre 2020

93 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW & 92 POINT RATED ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE

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Why to buy:
  • 93 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
  • 92 POINT RATED ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
  • GSM BLEND FROM FORMER PENFOLDS GRANGE WINEMAKER
  • 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION

Specifications:
Vintage: 2020
Source/Region:

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Grape Variety: Grenache Shiraz
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar 3-5 years
Bottle Top: Stelvin
Alcohol Content: 14.00
Standard Drinks: 8.30
Rating: 93
Tasting Notes:

Lifted vibrant red fruits, with underlying notes of liquorice, cinnamon and a hint of smokey oak Generous, velvety layers of red and black fruits, hints of savoury spice and gentle tannins finishing very long and pure.

Technical:

Our affinity for working with old vine Barossa Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre began with John’s time at Penfolds, and continues with this wine - the first to be released by John Duval Wines’ from our inaugural vintage in 2003. The aim of Plexus is to express a wide spectrum of fruit flavours, whilst ensuring seamless integration of the contrasting characters of the three varietals. Shiraz provides rich dark fruits and mid palate weight, whilst Grenache delivers a bright flavour spectrum of red fruits and spiced notes. Old vine Mourvèdre is integral to the blend, ensuring a good firm backbone of savoury tannin and a long finish.

This was a vintage where quality has triumphed over quantity, with spring frosts and dry conditions combining for greatly reduced yields across the Barossa. Volumes were well down on average, some vineyards more than 50% down, particularly in Eden Valley. However, the fruit we did (very gratefully) receive showed exceptional depth of colour, vibrant yet concentrated fruit with plenty of structure on the palate. 2019 will be remembered as a year for texture, structure and richness. The Shiraz harvest kicked off on 25 February with components sourced from old vineyards at Krondorf, Marananga and Ebenezer, Grenache was sourced from vineyards at Tanunda and Ebenezer, and Mourvèdre from Light Pass and Ebenezer. The parcels of fruit were fermented separately with a submerged cap in small open stainless-steel fermenters. A portion of the Grenache ferment included whole bunches to accentuate the savoury aspects of the variety. The wines were barrel maturated for 15 months, with 15% in new fine grain French oak hogsheads and the balance in older seasoned hogsheads. The final blend assemblage comprised

Shiraz (45%), Grenache (32%) and Mourvèdre (23%).


Accolades & Awards:

93 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review

"Very deep, red colour with a good tint of purple and a rich, ripe, typical Barossa ironstone, graphite bouquet. The wine is full-bodied and very firm, the tannins gripping the tongue and finishing long, with a fruit-sweet core and a lot of earthy, ironstone savouriness as well as fruit sweetness. A big, rich, lavishly-fruited wine, with enough tannin and structure to hold it in shape. A very good biggie."


92 Point Rated - Erin Larkin Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Delicious. The 2020 Plexus is resinous and charry on opening—the succulent fruit starts to flower with some additional time in the glass. The 2020 season was the second of drought conditions in the Barossa and was shaped by incredibly low yields. As it happens, many of the 2020s I have tasted have been excellent quality, as this is. Concentration 101."


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