2004 John Duval "Plexus" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Barossa Valley

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93 points Robert Parker: "Former Penfolds’ winemaking guru, John Duval, continues to demonstrate a brilliant touch with French oak-aged Shiraz. The 2004 Plexus, a proprietary blend of 49% Shiraz, 27% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre, offers a dense ruby/purple color along with a rich, sumptuous bouquet of blueberries, tree bark, earth, pepper, and background floral scents. Fabulous fruit on the attack follows through to the full-bodied, opulent, rich mid-palate. With good underlying acidity as well as sweet but noticeable tannin, it should drink beautifully for a decade or more." (10/06) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth and round, with a gamy edge to the ripe blackberry and pomegranate flavors, balanced with lively acidity and a nice touch of licorice and floral character as the finish lingers. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre." (09/06)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

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 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.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley