2013 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $40)
Allow this wine time to breathe and it spreads its wings impressively. It tastes of dark, sweet-centred blackberry, chocolate, mocha and ground spices but the way it combines freshness and depth is the thing; and then there's the way guy ropes of flavour-packed tannin stake a deep hold, keeping everything in place both now and long into the future.
Opaque ruby. Exotic black and blue fruits, incense and smoky Indian spices on the explosively perfumed nose. Sweet, round and fleshy in the mouth, with primary dark fruit flavors complicated by hints of candied violet, cola and licorice. Chewy, building tannins give shape and structure to the wine's youthful fruit, which dominates the very long, broad, juicy finish. There's great potential here but I'd give the wine at least a few more years in the cellar for its components to harmonize more completely. (JR)
Densely packed, focused and brimming with blueberry, currant and plum fruit notes that play against a blanket of fine tannins, picking up savory accents as the finish keeps pumping gracefully. (Web-2016) (HS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Entity Shiraz is profoundly scented of crushed blackberries and wild blueberries with star anise, chocolate box, menthol and violets in the background. The ripe, seductive, medium to full-bodied palate is still quite youthful but open for business with velvety tannins and a lively lift to the long pepper and black berry laced finish. (92+)
This is an earthy, savory style of Shiraz, with modest berry and plum fruit wrapped into a blanket of firm but silky tannins. Ample length and structure separates this from the rest of the pack.
Winemaker's Notes: "Colour - deep purple red. On the nose - dark fruit expression of blackberry and plum, complexed with savoury French oak. On the palate - full bodied and generous with excellent depth of blackberry fruit, supported by the tannin structure. Texture and structure will enable good cellaring potential. My aim with Entity is to produce an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa. The 2013 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. 100% Shiraz sourced from old vineyards in the Marananga, Eden Valley, Ebenezer and Krondorf regions."