John Duval Wines Shiraz Barossa Valley Entity 2012

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Dark roasty nose with hints of kirsch. Intense flavors of kirsch, creme de cassis, chocolate, spices, sweet liquer. It's thick and dense. It's got hot alcohol and big tannins. I find it a bit heavy handed. 9/24/11

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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

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/28/2012

Dark roasty nose with hints of kirsch. Intense flavors of kirsch, creme de cassis, chocolate, spices, sweet liquer. It's thick and dense. It's got hot alcohol and big tannins. I find it a bit heavy handed. 9/24/11


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/25/2009

2 hour decant. Beautiful deep dark blackish hue. The nose is a very pretty subdued elegant soft cassis and warm blueberry pie. Very nice. The palate brings those qualities forward and adds to it with its silky mouth feel, very low-key slight sweet fruits with the red cassis, blueberries, boysenberry, and pomegranate. Nice notes of soy, slight black pepper, exotic Asian spices, and cedar. The tannins were in check, but surely present and this will be amazing in 2-3 years with no danger of decline anytime before my retirement date. A wonderful long and pleasing aftertaste that went beyond the 60 second mark, this has so much going for it. It has the Aussie profile but brought down 2 notches. I really enjoyed the glossiness and elegant structure. A great deal at $32 to boot.


Snooth User: mjrnyc
44382622
2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/03/2010

Two glasses


Snooth User: dista23
79950305
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/27/2008

First Australian wine I really enjoyed. Complex and elegant with well balanced tannins. Should age well. Drank it Thanksgiving 2008 with Tuna Tartare, Pork Chops with Gorgonzola sauce, and Shitaki Mushroom Risotto. Will def buy again.


Snooth User: troutbum
3025915
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/14/2007

Four glasses


External Reviews for John Duval Wines Shiraz Barossa Valley Entity

External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/26/2013

Expressive blackberry and blueberry fruit with subtle complexing savory French oak aromas. Youthful structure with restrained power, but retains elegance. Intense dark fruits supported by fine tannins and spicy oak.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

The purple-colored 2007 Entity Shiraz spent 17 months in 30% new French oak, the balance in seasoned French and American oak. It displays an alluring nose of wood smoke, game, meat blood, Asian spices, and blueberry. Ripe and sweetly-fruited, this plush effort conceals enough structure to evolve for another 2-3 years. Drink this classy offering from 2012 to 2022. According to the Wine Spectator: Firm, focused and juicy, with orange peel scented cherry and spice flavors, this feels like it's holding something back despite the generosity of flavor. Lingers well against fine tannins. Drink now through 2013. 1,000 cases imported.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/21/2010

Sehr reifes Bouquet nach Brom- und Blaubeeren mit einem würzigen Hauch von nobler Eiche. Intensiv im Gaumen, eleganter Körper. Stark, mit einer fruchtigen Süsse und ausbalancierten Tanninen.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 10/06/2009

The 2006 Entity is a 100% Shiraz cuvee exhibiting a bit more restraint than the Plexus. It presents an aromatic array of smoke pepper Asian spices tar blueberry and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is full-bodied smooth-textured deep and intensely flavored but not over the top. Its impeccable balance should permit 5-7 years of additional cellaring and it should offer prime drinking from 2014 to 2028. It too is a superb value. John Duval was the principal winemaker at Penfolds Grange from 1986 to 2002. RP


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/17/2009

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ReviewInky ruby. Pungent dark berry and candied cherry aromas are complicated by smoked meat, licorice and Asian spices. Powerful and deep in dark berry flavors, but almost shockingly lithe and precise, displaying fresh raspberry and blueberry on the back. An undercurrent of juicy acidity contributes lift and precision, and helps to extend the finish. This terrific shiraz offers a deft balance of finesse and depth, not to mention impressive finishing clarity and cut.Wine Tasting NotesThe Entity is an intricately structured wine comprised of rich and vibrant Shiraz fruit. A true reflection of Barossas 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 10/06/2009

94 RP, 93ST no further case discount



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