2013 John Duval "Eligo" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2013 Eligo has an intoxicating nose of creme de cassis, blueberry tart and violets with underlying menthol, cloves, fenugreek, licorice and dark chocolate hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is youthfully restrained, with taut, muscular blackberry and exotic spice flavors supported by fine-grained, firm tannins and lively acid, finishing with excellent length. This is a very classy 2013 Shiraz! (LPB)
Represents the best wine of the vintage, sourced from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, matured for 20 months in French hogsheads (75% new). The aim is a structured (achieved in spades) and elegant (give it 10 years) expression of Barossa shiraz. My query on elegance is due to the obvious French oak: it simply needs a Grange-like decade to come into integrated balance.
Full bodied, creamy and lush, this is a prototypical Barossa Valley Shiraz from a longtime master of the variety. Smoke, cedar, mulberry and eucalyptus notes mingle easily on the nose, while savory notes of roasted meat and dried herb blend seamlessly into the fruit, ending long, velvety and rich.
Intriguing and juicy, featuring brambly wild berry and floral flavors mingling in a dense core, with baking spices, black walnut and clay details. Intense and firming on the finish. An Earl Grey tea note lingers. (MW, Web-2016)
One of Australia's most iconic and celebrated Shiraz. Made by John Duval ex-Penfolds Grange winemaker. From some of the oldest and best vineyard in Barossa Valley.