2013 John Duval "Annexus" Old Vine Grenache Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1275997 95 points James Halliday

 Old vine grenache given 14 months in old French oak. Intense red and black berried flavours, sweet but not confected and with layer after layer of savoury spice, tannin and assorted other delights. Terrific grenache. Smoky, almost gravelly aftertaste. Length.  (2/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Annexus has a nose of kirsch, red roses and raspberry preserves with hints of clove studded orange peel and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied with great freshness and purity, the palate delivers loads of red berry preserves and spice flavors with velvety tannins to texture the long finish. (JR)  (3/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 John Duval (ex Penfolds) has finally released a varietal Grenache, a wine that's quite different from the blends and Shirazes he's done up until this point. This is supple, full in body and round, without the firm structural elements his wines typically possess. Dare I say it's hedonistic? Black cherry and cinnamon notes are juicy and mouthwatering on the long finish. Drink now–2020. (JC)  (6/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Annexus has a nose of kirsch, red roses and raspberry preserves with hints of clove studded orange peel and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied with great freshness and purity, the palate delivers loads of red berry preserves and spice flavors with velvety tannins to texture the long finish. (LPB)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

The 2013 Annexus is vibrant purple-red in color. The nose reveals perfumed red fruit aromas alongside secondary savory spice and charcuterie notes. On the palate, plum and raspberry characters shine. The mouthfeel is generous, rich, and textured with heaps of impressive flavor intensity carried along the palate through the long, dry finish. The 2013 Annexus Grenache was hand-picked from two very old, low yielding Barossa Vineyards, both 100 years old plus. Fermentation took place in small, open top fermenters incorporating 20% whole bunches. The wine then matured for 12 months in 100% French oak hogsheads (older barrels).

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
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

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5