2010 John Duval "Eligo" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored and profoundly scented of blueberry preserves, blackberry tart and chocolate box intermingled with an undercurrent of star anise, coffee, rare beef and tar, the full-bodied 2010 Eligo Shiraz is richly fruited with layers of opulent, berry preserve and spice cake flavors supported by a solid foundation of firm, velvety tannins and balanced acid. It finishes with outstanding persistence. Approachable now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+. (98+)
Deep colour, with essency black fruits, savoury roasted meat aromas and fragrant wood spices all evident on the bouquet; the palate is full bodied and muscular with prodigious tannins lying in waiting beneath the succulent black fruits on offer; long, precise, complex and expansive to conclude.
This is likely the most ageworthy Shiraz winemaker John Duval has crafted since leaving Penfolds. The oak is subtle, the fruit still tight. It’s full bodied but bursting with potential, shown in hints of black cherries and plums, mocha and mint. The finish is long, mouthwatering and softly dusty in texture, making it luscious yet firm. Drink 2018-2030.
Vibrant, focused and intense, this is balanced, displaying currant, plum and floral flavors, hinting at licorice as the finish persists. Shows depth and distinction. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020. 200 cases imported.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Potent black and blue fruit aromas are brightened by notes of smoky minerals, cracked pepper and fresh flowers. Rich but focused and pure, offering vibrant blueberry and boysenberry flavors and suave vanilla and floral pastille qualities. Supple and broad on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves allspice and dark fruit preserve notes behind.
Another epic edition of John Duval's "Eligo" from the exceptional 2010 vintage. This is Barossa Shiraz at its best, power, precision and elegance. Approachable now but will go at least decade in the cellar effortlessly.