2009 John Duval "Plexus" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1117708 96 points James Halliday

 The crimson-purple hue puts the often insipid colour of Barossa Valley SGMs to shame; the fragrant bouquet and vibrant black cherry and plum fruit of the palate likewise; quality French oak has been used to maximum advantage.  (8/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet colored with a hint of purple, the 2009 Plexus Shiraz Grenache gives notes of warm mulberries, kirsch and black tea with hints of Indian spices, fenugreek, cumin seed and dusty earth. Full bodied with a great concentration of opulent fruit, it has a medium level of silky tannins and lively acid to support, finishing long and harmonious. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2019+.  (2/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Polished, round and plush, but not over the top, offering a mouthful of ripe blueberry, blackberry, cream and spice flavors that merge seamlessly and persist through the long, refined finish. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2020.  (6/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (48% shiraz, 31% grenache and 21% mourvedre): Bright purple. A complex and expressive nose displays spice-accented red berries and candied cherry, along with anise, vanilla and cola. The spiciness carries onto the palate, adding bite and lift to the red fruit compote and floral flavors. Becomes sweeter on the clinging, impressively persistent finish, which leaves notes of smoke and licorice behind. Already drinking very well.  (7/2011)

91 points James Suckling

 High-toned red fruit and bon bon, with concentration and balancing freshness. Long and tactile. An agile wine that will be good at the dinner table.  (8/2012)

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2012 | Send Email
This wine is made from a blend of 48% Shiraz, 31% Grenache and 21% Mourvedre from old vine material throughout the Barossa Valley including old bush vine Mourvedre from the Krondorf and Light Pass sub-regions that are over 100 years old. The Plexus is 100% barrel matured for 15 months with just 10% new French oak hogsheads. John feels that while in 2009 the Shiraz was very good, the Grenache and Mourvedre was some of the best fruit he's worked with in years. The bouquet brings a combination of red and black fruits with cedar and spice that soar from the glass. On the palate, the intense core of fruit is framed by fine tannins with integrated oak offering structure and a layered long finish.

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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

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Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5