2014 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $40)
From old vineyards in Krondorf, Marananga and Eden Valley, open-fermented with submerged cap (header board), matured for 15 months in French oak (35% new). Succulent, rich and powerful, with predominantly black fruits and some spice. The hallmarks are its supple mouthfeel and effortless balance.
*Editor's Choice* Dark berry and plum fruit dominates, but hints of mint, vanilla and cedar add interest. Somewhere between silky and velvety, this full-bodied, richly textured Shiraz finishes long and appears to have the tannic structure to age well, though it's delicious now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Entity Shiraz reveals crushed blackberries and blackcurrants on the nose with hints of dried Provence herbs, garrique, eucalypt and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivered mouth-filling black fruits and peppery flavors with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with a spicy lift.
Vibrant and polished, featuring juicy huckleberry and cherry flavors that are appealing for their transparency and purity, with details of violet, fresh herb, black tea and white pepper that linger on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are velvety and firm.
Made by one of the all-time icons of Australian winemaking John Duval (ex-Penfolds Grange winemaker) the 2014 Entity is exclusively sourced from old vine vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Duval employs very minimal intervention to let the quality of the fruit shine through. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "My aim with Entity is to produce an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa. The 2014 Entity again includes some Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle under good cellaring conditions, for at least 10-12 years. Fruit is sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Eden Valley and Marananga regions. In the cellar fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless steel fermenters. The wine is then matured for 15 months, in 35% new, fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litres) and the balance in 2, 3 and 4 year old hogsheads. The is deep purple red. The nose shows a dark fruit expression of blackberry and plum, giving way to some lifted floral notes and savoury, spicy French oak. On the palate the Entity is full bodied and generous with excellent concentration of blackberry fruit. Textured layers of fruit, balanced acitity and fine, long tannins will enable good cellaring potential."