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John Duval "Plexus" Red 2012 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [JS 94] [ST 92] [RP 92] [WS 91]
John Duval "Plexus" Red 2012 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [JS 94] [ST 92] [RP 92] [WS 91]


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Winery: John Duval
Varietal: 51% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, 19% Mourvedre
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
Notes from the Winemaker:

My aim with Plexus is express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish.

Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have medium term cellaring potential for 8-10 years.

Tasting Notes:
Colour: Crimson purple-red.
Nose: An array of red and black berry aromatics, wild berries and cassis.
Palate: Generous, with soft texture and fine tannins. Flavours of blackberry and dark cherry with hints of asian spice and Christmas cake.

Variety: Shiraz 51%, Grenache 30%, Mourvedre 19%. The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Tanunda, Light Pass and Ebenezer districts. Grenache from the Tanunda and Ebenezer region and Mourvèdre from the and Light Pass region.

Winemaking: Fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless steel fermenters.

Oak Maturation: 100% barrel maturated for 15 months, with just 10% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels); with the balance 3-6 year old barrels. Some Shiraz finished fermentation in new French oak.

Technical Data: Alcohol 14.5% | pH 3.51 | TA 6.4g/l

Ratings & Reviews
94 Points - James Suckling:
"Duval's regional red, which melds shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre together seamlessly, is a stunning rendition in the 2012 vintage. The Barossan origin is strong in all aspects of the wine, which shows deep blackberries and other red fruits on the nose in addition to some gently earthy and tarry meat accents, hints of nutty oak and a sense of vibrant ripeness. The palate delivers redder than expected fruit flavors. Grenache speaks strong here. Tannins are soft, supple and layered, and the wine occupies every corner of the mouth. Starts bright, builds full, finishes long, fades slow. Drink now." - (January 27th, 2015)

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"(51% shiraz, 30% grenache and 19% mourvedre): Deep ruby. Complex aromas of red and dark berries, pipe tobacco, peppery spices and fresh flowers. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry compote flavors that flesh out and become spicier with air. Tightens back up on the long, incisive finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. This wine saw only 10% new French oak." - Josh Raynolds (July 2014)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre blend, the 2012 Plexus has a medium-dense garnet color and offers kirsch, preserved plums, blueberry pie and dried mulberry notes with a Christmas fruit cake undercurrent. Full-bodied and packed with spicy, blackberry preserves flavors, it has velvety tannins and a refreshing lift in the long finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Jun 2015)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Dark and spicy, with an earthy, meaty cast to the plum and black currant fruit. Fine tannins maintain a mild grip as the finish lingers with unexpected but welcome transparency. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2020. 1,000 cases imported." – HS (Dec 31, 2014)

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