John Duval Wines

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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 Read more »

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • Bordeaux Blend QuestionFrom Wiki"The wines that made Syrah famous were those from Hermitage, the hill above the town Tain-l'Hermitage in northern Rhône, where an hermitage (chapel) was built on the top, and where de Stérimberg is supposed to have settled as a hermit after his crusades. Hermitage wines have for centuries had a reputation for bein... Read More

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  • A couple of Aussie wines:The John Duval "Plexus" SGM 2013 and the...Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2013 from the Barossa Valley (funny how that works  Read More

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  • John Duval "Plexus" Sgm Barossa Valley 2013

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  • Greenock Creek is one to be careful of - the wines are often in the 16-18% alcohol rangeI have found them to be a challenge as when they are good and in balance they are excellent but too often the alcohol is too dominant and that awful hot alcoholic attribute comes throughJohn Duval is the ex Penfolds winemaker who was in charge of Grange befor... Read More

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  • Regarding Barossa.....in London, England, I was told about Greenock Wines, including the highly acclaimed  Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz.   Mention was also made of the JOHN DUVAL 'ELIGO' 2009 and 2013......they both still need cellar time, I am reliably informed!  Those two just mentioned, are massive, muscular wines!I have not heard them... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • Sounds really worthwhile.  What organization put this on? I do agree that green pepper is pretty common, both the vegetable (a sign of underripe fruit, often, but common in syrah and cabernet, the product of MIBP) and the spice (although white pepper or black pepper are more familiar).  Interesting and heartening that Cornas showed well, since y... Read More

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  • Had the good fortune to attend a Masters of Wine, Syrah Panel Tasting on Monday. I believe it was the last spot available for the seated tasting, consisting of 23 Syrah's from the main Syrah producing regions of the world. The tasting was held at the upstairs restaurant of the Wine House (famous retail shop and education facility) off of Cotner ... Read More

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  • JD - I don't know that I'd say yuck to all of them. Tasted the Long Shadows lineup this week. It's well made. Maybe not to everyone's taste but good. Randy Dunn is still making the Cab, John Duval the Syrah, and there's Philippe Melka and Michel Rolland with the Merlot. They aren't bad wines and they're better than some more expensive ones from ... Read More

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