2010 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1117707 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Entity Shiraz is scented of ripe blueberries, mulberries and Chinese dried plum with vanilla pod, dark chocolate, cedar, violet and fruit cake nuances. This full-bodied wine is densely packed with black berry preserve and baking spice flavors, has a refreshing acid line to add lift and medium to firm levels of rounded tannins. It has a long length with some oak poking through on the finish. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+.  (2/ 2013)

93 points James Halliday

 Impenetrable colour; there is a lush and voluptuous nature to the wines of John Duval, with sweetness of fruit, exotic spices and warmth enveloping this particular example; lavish levels of oak accompany masses of fruit, tannin and licorice; long and toasty, this is big and slippery at the same time.  (7/ 2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining purple. Black raspberry, cassis, mocha and Indian spices. Concentrated and expansive, offering intense dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied violet. Shows an impressive marriage of power and finesse, with no rough edges. Lively, fresh and very persistent on the finish, with silky tannins providing shape and grip.  (7/ 2012)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 John Duval created this wine after leaving his long-time post as chief winemaker for Penfolds. It’s a blend of old-vine fruit from vineyards in Krondorf, Tanunda and Light Pass, with Eden Valley providing some of the freshness that’s apparent in the cool feel of the wine. Black pepper scents of the grape combine with intriguing herbal notes of tobacco and sage, which add dimension to the zesty dark fruit. This should age with grace.  (10/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich flavors of black cherry and spice pick up hints of rose petal and white pepper as the finish evolves. The supple texture glides easily into a deftly balanced end point. Best from 2013 through 2020.  (5/ 2012)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/1/2013  | Send Email
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A spectacular value when you consider this wines lineage with John Duval's decades at the helm of Penfolds Grange. Not to mention the fact that it’s phenomenal on its own merit! The fruit purity here is what impresses me the most. The weight and richness of the wine is disguised by its elegance and light-footed nature on the palate. The wine has plenty of silky dark fruit, some mocha, hints of spice and pepper to add an intriguing edge to the roundness of the fruit. A freshness to the acidity lifts the finish. Great wine, just how Barossa Shiraz should be, rich and dense but balanced and complex.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/12/2012  | Send Email
Without a doubt, John Duval is making some of the most exciting wines in the Barossa Valley. That said, it's not much of a suprise when you consider he made 16 vintages of Penfolds Grange, THE iconic wine of Australia. He also is part of the Long Shadows project in Washigton where they choose a winemaker from anywhere in the world to make the best expression of a particular varietal (in his case, Shiraz) joining Randy Dunn (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Michel Rolland (Merlot) among others as a "tip of the hat" to their international respect. So, his 30 years in Barossa have given tremendous insight into the terroir in the valley (including the cooler Eden Valley) and use those components to compose a classic but elegantly styled Barossa wine. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, spice, new leather and a hint of roasted coffee abound on the nose. On the palate, these elements come together with good acidity and a cloak of fine tannins that add a nice structure to the wine with very fine length.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley