2013 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1246369 95 points James Halliday

 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.  (2/2015)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (3/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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)

92 points 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+)  (6/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.

K&L Notes

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."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2016 | Send Email
Wow! Another spectacular wine from John Duval - especially at our sub-$30 price point. Explosively fragrant nose with dark floral tones, cassis and plum, spiced forest berries, sweet spices. On the palate it's so concentrated and yet so fresh and vibrant. Massive concentration of flavor and texture but without any cumbersome feel or over-ripeness. Fine, velvet tannins give lovely length and cellaring potential but the fruit is so pure this is very accessible now too. Really showing the pedigree of the winemaker and fruit sources. Shiraz that's as good as it gets in this price point from anywhere on earth.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2030

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2016 | Send Email
I love this Shiraz. It has such well integrated structure. The elegance, life and purity in this bottling is great to see. The wine has a backbone but the tannins are more juicy and melted more than gripping, at least on my palate. The nose has the red fruit with maybe some greenery. All in all, level, expressive and ripe. A great bottle for those Syrah fans out there. 14.5% ABV.

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- 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.


- 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