2006 John Duval "Plexus" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1047266 95 points James Halliday

 Crimson-purple; a beautifully balanced and utterly seamless array of red and black fruits, without a scintilla of confection character; lovely now or in 10 years.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Blended of 52% Shiraz, 30% Grenache and 18% Mourvedre, 2006 Plexus displays pronounced notes of blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, game, earth, licorice and allspice. A black cherry character really comes through on the palate, supported by crisp acid and a firm level of finely grained tannins. The finish is long and opulently fruited.  (3/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Pinot-like red fruits, minerals and flowers on the nose, with a gentle baking spice undertone. Sappy and fresh, with vivid raspberry, cherry and smoky mineral flavors. Gains weight and sweetness with air but maintains vivacity, finishing clean, brisk and juicy.  (8/2008)

Wine Enthusiast

 The 2006 Plexus is showing a little more grit and obvious tannin than the ’04 and ’05 did at a similar stage, but still features plenty of dark, savory notes of cassis, coffee and chocolate, with a bit of an herbal streak thrown in for complexity. Drink 2010 - 2016.  (5/2009)

Wine Spectator

 Firm in texture, with a raucous feel to the black cherry, plum and exotic spice flavors. The oak character comes up strong on the finish. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best after 2009.  (10/2008)

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- 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