John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2019
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 45% Syrah 32% Grenache 23% Mourvèdre
Notes: Vegetarian, vegan
This Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre blend brings lifted vibrant red fruit aromas on the nose, with underlying notes of liquorice, cinnamon and a hint of smokey oak. Generous, velvety layers of red and black fruits abound on the palate, with hints of savoury spice and gentle tannins, ending in a very long and pure finish.
The fruit for the ‘Plexus’ red is sourced from vineyards across the Barossa’s Northern and Central Grounds. The Shiraz is from vineyards in Krondorf, Marananga and Ebenezer, giving the wine lovely weight and depth. The Grenache is from old bush vines planted in Ebenezer and Tanunda, which gives the wine great aromatics along with softness and richness on the palate, while the Mourvèdre, from old bush vines in Light Pass and Krondorf (the oldest are over 100 years old), lends the wine a spicy character and good tannic structure.
One of the world’s great winemakers, John Duval was given the ‘Grange’ torch by Max Schubert, the man who created Australia’s most famous wine. John passed it on to his successor when he left Penfolds in 2003 to start his own label. He sources fruit from long-time friends in the Barossa, all of whom own vineyards with vines aged from 50 to over 100 years old. The wines are made with minimal intervention and showcase the best of the Barossa.