2012 John Duval "Plexus" SGM Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1208424 95 points James Halliday

 Armed with flavour and dangerously drinkable. Red and black berries, ground Asian spice, earth, aniseed and a quick kiss of cedary French oak. Puts on an impeccable performance.  (7/2014)

94 points James Suckling

 Duval's regional red, which melds Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre together seamlessly, is a stunning rendition in the 2012 vintage. The Barossan origin is strong in all aspects of the wine, which shows deep blackberries and other red fruits on the nose in addition to some gently earthy and tarry meat accents, hints of nutty oak and a sense of vibrant ripeness. The palate delivers redder than expected fruit flavors. Grenache speaks strong here. Tannins are soft, supple and layered, and the wine occupies every corner of the mouth. Starts bright, builds full, finishes long, fades slow. Drink now.  (1/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre blend, the 2012 Plexus has a medium-dense garnet color and offers kirsch, preserved plums, blueberry pie and dried mulberry notes with a Christmas fruit cake undercurrent. Full-bodied and packed with spicy, blackberry preserves flavors, it has velvety tannins and a refreshing lift in the long finish. (LPB)  (7/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep Ruby. Complex aromas of red and dark berries, pipe tobacco, peppery spices and fresh flowers. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry compote flavours that flesh out and become spicier with air. Tightens back up on the long, incisive finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins, This wine saw only 10% new French oak. (JR)  (7/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and spicy, with an earthy, meaty cast to the plum and black currant fruit. Fine tannins maintain a mild grip as the finish lingers with unexpected but welcome transparency. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2020. (HS)  (12/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Like all the Duval wines, this is amply structured. Cedar and vanilla notes frame dark fruit flavors in this blend of 51% Shiraz, 30% Grenache and 19% Mourvèdre. Its full bodied, with a long, dusty finish. Drink now–2022. (JC)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

Winemaking legend John Duval's classic Southern Rhone blend sourced from top quality old vine Barossa vineyards. This is a must try for anyone who loves Barossa wines and also folks who enjoy wines from regions like Châteauneuf-du-Pape where blends like this originated. John's wines are rich, pure, med-full bodied and have exquisite balance. Winemaker's notes: "My aim with Plexus is express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have medium term cellaring potential for 8-10 years. Fruit is sourced from the Barossa Valley (Shiraz 51%, Grenache 30%, Mourvedre 19%). The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Tanunda, Light Pass and Ebenezer districts. Grenache from the Tanunda and Ebenezer region and Mourvèdre from the and Light Pass region. Fermentation was done in small open stainless steel fermenters. The wine was then matured entirely in fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels), just 10% new oak, with the balance 3-6 year old barrels, for 15 months. The wine is crimson purple-red, with an array of red and black berry aromatics, wild berries and cassis. On the palate the wine shows generously, with soft texture and fine tannins. Flavours of blackberry and dark cherry with hints of Asian spice and Christmas cake."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2015 | Send Email
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Duval's wines are not only some of the best from all of Barossa, but I truly believe they are some of the best value wines in the world. For decades John Duval crafted Australia's most expensive, collected and coveted wine, Penfolds Grange. When he started his own namesake label one might have expected the wines to be priced astronomically high. Given John's obvious talent, experience and past, this would have been totally understandable...however, here we are selling his "Plexus" Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre for $29.99! Now, granted we have excellent pricing on the Duval wines, but still, there are many without the pedigree of Duval trying to sell their wines for 2,3,4 times the price! The Plexus is packed full of briary, spicy, bramble fruits. Sweet Raspberry, blackberry compote, lifted Asian spices, warm earth, and subtle mocha tones. The texture is fantastic, soft, silky, ripe tannins, succulent med-full bodied fruit. Mouth-filling and ripe but with ample acidity and freshness. This is how Barossa wines are supposed to taste, rich, ripe, fruit driven, but not over-ripe or over-extracted.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2025

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2015 | Send Email
I t wouldn't be stretching it to say John Duval is a part of Australian winemaking history given he is one of 4 people thus far to have made one of Australia's iconic wines, Penfolds Grange. Beyond his years of winemaking, there is his knowledge of the Barossa Valley and it's sub-regions that bring an understanding of the character each varietal will offer given its specific location that is mind boggling. This S-G-M brings aromas of raspberry, kirsch, boysenberry, blackberry, a hint of wintermint and a touch of sandlewood. On the palate the wine shows seamless balance with integrated oak and fine tannins framing the core of fruit with an accent of Asian spice and fine length.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2015 | Send Email
A truly beautiful GSM! Rich and layered with great texture. I had no problem enjoying this beauty. The tannins were very well integrated, not to mention a nose that made me want to swim in the glass. I will certainly be getting a few of these bottles for my cellar to enjoy over the next 5-10 years...if they last that long!

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Rhone Blends



- 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

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5