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John Duval Plexus Sh Gren Mourv John Duval Wines Barossa Valley Australia/New Zealand Dry Red Table Wine Red Blend 2006

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The aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre, but also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. A low percentage of new oak adds complexity rather than dominate the berry fruit. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth but also have great potential for improvement in the bottle, under good cellaring conditions, for at least 8-10 years. Robert Parker 95 points.

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John Duval Wines:
Winemaking John Duval, Chief winemaker of Penfolds Grange from 1986-2002, celebrates the release of “Plexus” GSM and “Entity” Shiraz under his proprietary label, John Duval Wines. Duval is one of Australia 's most highly regarded winemakers. He has been honored with Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year award in 1995, as well as International Winemaker of the Year (International Wine and Spir... Read more
Winemaking John Duval, Chief winemaker of Penfolds Grange from 1986-2002, celebrates the release of “Plexus” GSM and “Entity” Shiraz under his proprietary label, John Duval Wines. Duval is one of Australia 's most highly regarded winemakers. He has been honored with Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year award in 1995, as well as International Winemaker of the Year (International Wine and Spirit Competition, UK, 1989) and twice recipient of Red Winemaker of the Year (International Wine Challenge, UK, 1991 & 2000). He currently resides in the Barossa Valley , one of Australia 's most famous wine regions, particularly known for its old vine Shiraz . Four generations of the Duval clan have been vignerons in South Australia . Viticulture The inspiration of the Barossa Valley’s old vine, low yielding Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre created Plexus, combining elements into a beautifully structured blend. Traditional winemaking practices and fifteen months in French oak barriques will ensure the age worthiness of this first ever release, ensuring a long cellar life. Entity Shiraz is an intricately structured wine comprised of rich and vibrant Shiraz fruit. A true reflection of Barossa's soil and climate, Entity displays deep color and distinctive structure. Intense and elegant, Entity expresses aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry, and a hint of spice. Read less

External Reviews for John Duval Plexus Sh Gren Mourv John Duval Wines Barossa Valley Australia/New Zealand Dry Red Table Wine Red Blend

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/06/2009

The 2006 Plexus is composed of 52% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, and 18% Mourvedre. Purple-colored, it offers up an exotic concoction of underbrush, violets, leather, black cherry, and blueberry pie. On the palate, this sexy effort is opulent, succulent, inc... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Duval Wines, John Plexus 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2009

Ruby-red. Pinot-like red fruits, minerals and flowers on the nose, with a gentle baking spice undertone. Sappy and fresh, with vivid raspberry, cherry and smoky mineral flavors. Gains weight and sweetness with air but maintains vivacity, finishing cl... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Duval Wines, John Plexus 750ml


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Im Gaumen hervorragende, pure Fruchtnoten. Reife, schön integrierte Tannine und eine gute Konzentration bieten eine starke Struktur an mit einem langanhaltenden Abgang.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2006 Plexus is composed of 52% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, and 18% Mourvedre. Purple-colored, it offers up an exotic concoction of underbrush, violets, leather, black cherry, and blueberry pie. On the palate, this sexy effort is opulent, succulent, incipiently complex, and altogether hedonistic. It should perform well for a decade. In the scheme of things, it is also a terrific value. John Duval was the principal winemaker at Penfolds Grange from 1986 to 2002.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ruby-red. Pinot-like red fruits, minerals and flowers on the nose, with a gentle baking spice undertone. Sappy and fresh, with vivid raspberry, cherry and smoky mineral flavors. Gains weight and sweetness with air but maintains vivacity, finishing clean, brisk and juicy.


External Review
01/17/2009

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ReviewRuby-red. Pinot-like red fruits, minerals and flowers on the nose, with a gentle baking spice undertone. Sappy and fresh, with vivid raspberry, cherry and smoky mineral flavors. Gains weight and sweetness with air but maintains vivacity, finishing clean, brisk and juicy.Wine Tasting NotesJohn Duval, after 28 years with Penfolds, has released his second vintage of "Plexus", under his proprietary label, John Duval Wines. Inspired by Barossa Valleys best old vine, low yielding vineyards, the 2004 Plexus is a blend of Shiraz (49%), Grenache (27%) and Mourvedre (24%). Intense and elegant, Plexus expresses rich, red fruit aromas with savory spice and subtle oak sweetness. Plexus is an intricately structured blend comprised of rich and vibrant fruit from Barossa Valley's old, low yielding vines. A true refection of Barossas soil and climate, the 2004 Plexus expresses a supple and silky mouth feel and a ripe red fruit finish. Intense and elegant, Plexus exhibits impressive concentration and structure with a seamless balance



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The aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre, but also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. A low percentage of new oak adds complexity rather than dominate the berry fruit. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth but also have great potential for improvement in the bottle, under good cellaring conditions, for at least 8-10 years. Robert Parker 95 points.

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