2015 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1357907 96 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* "Reflects - in the best sense - John Duval's long career as the chief architect of Grange. This brings together depth, texture and complexity to a palette of black fruits, ripe tannins and oak. It cries out for patience (as does Grange), and the greater your patience, the greater the reward.

93 points James Suckling

 nose is all blackberry and dark plums with background cola, earth and baking spices. The palate has density with the right hand of balance to guide it in.  (7/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 As chief winemaker at Penfolds for 16 years, John Duval was powerfully networked at the center of the Barossa wine community. He established his own label in 2003, focused on Barossa, where he sources fruit from parcels in Krondorf, Eden Valley, Light Pass and Ebenezer to make Entity. His 2015 is a silky shiraz emphasizing tannins with the cool feel of freshly turned earth. It melds floral notes with scents of black olive, black pepper and a bright berry rasp of fruit that speaks of old-vine concentration. Finely integrated, this is built to last.  (2/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Entity opens with crushed black currant and black cherry notes over layers of licorice, chocolate box, Sichuan pepper and fertile loam. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers beautifully soft, silky tannins and just enough freshness to lift the intense pepper and black fruit flavors, finishing long with an herbal lift coming through. (LPB)  (8/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A whiff of fresh mint adds to the black cherry, blackberry and blueberry core. Effusive and concentrated, with notes of chocolate, espresso and sarsaparilla lingering on the finish. (MW)  (11/2017)

90 points Decanter

 A supple mouth-feel shows exotic spices, herbs, succulent berry fruits and savoury cherries, leading to a seamless mid-palate with rare roast lamb and sage notes. The fresh, green herbs hint at whole-bunch fermentation, and carry the wine well. (TG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

94 points Wine Front: "John Duval making shiraz from the Barossa is like eggs going with bacon. This wine comes from a selection of ‘old vine’ vineyards in various parishes of the Barossa. It sees some third or so new oak being engaged in the winemaking and maturation process. Classic styling. Oak leads the wine in cedary-spicy scents, whiffs of coffee grounds, but I reckon that’s going to settle in just fine. Dark fruits, plums and berries, make up the rest of bouquet, with a smattering of seaweed-greenery character for good measure. The palate is all seduction, lush fruit flavours, opulent texture, smooth, broad tannins. The wine finishes with lingering sweetness and a dusting of perky spice. It’s pitch perfect, earlier drinking style in a sense, but should mature very well."

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
The nose is restrained, cool climate, it doesn’t blurt out Shiraz it makes you look for it. On the palate the wine is more faceted than lustrous it shows more red fruit vibrancy yet still shows good body and has a smooth presence. The finish is focused, lifted and fresh (I was a bit pleasantly surprised) yet still gives you a sense of richness without giving up the length.
Drink from 2018 to 2023

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
At first blush this seems like your typical Aussie Shiraz. In many ways it is. It's chockablock full of intense fruit, a peppery spice, and it is not a shy wine. Then it hits you: it is incredibly fresh at the same time. While this is a hallmark of great wines, it's not typically how I conceptualize Aussie Shiraz (although there are a bunch of great ones out there, so I have an incorrect generalization there...) It's amazing to be reminded that wines of power and substance do not have to sacrifice focus, freshness, and a beautiful linear drive. The finish here lasts forever and invites the next sip. Another hallmark that indicates greatness. Well done John Duval.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This Barossa Shiraz surprised and impressed me. I was impressed by the intensity of flavor while still retaining great balance, and surpirsed by the focused, juicy and lively quality to the mixed berry and blue fruit flavors. Introduced by lovely cassis notes on the nose and buoyed by a hint of eucalyptus on the palate, this is a Shiraz with admirable freshness and fruit purity, a wine that should please plenty of palates to be sure.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
The master of Barossa Shiraz has done it again with this year's Entity. More reminiscent of cool climate Shiraz, this wine has a lot of structure behind it, along with a healthy dose of acidity and tannin. This one is a no-brainer if you are a fan of Aussie Shiraz and a great entry point for newcomers who may be worried about over-extraction or too ripe fruit. The critical accolades are well-deserved here and John's extensive experience for one of Australia's top wineries is quite apparent.
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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.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5