2013 John Duval "Plexus" SGM Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1286289 94 points James Halliday

 In beautiful condition and shape. It tastes beautiful. Raspberry, blueberry and blackberry, no alarms or surprises, complemented by woody spice and fine, smoky oak. Everything is where it should, and where you'd hope, it to be.  (2/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2013 Plexus (a Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre blend) gives slowly evolving raspberry tart, kirsch, potpourri and garrigue notes with underlying spice box and incense hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is velveteen textured with layers of expressive red fruits preserves and exotic spice flavors, finishing very long. (LPB)  (6/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Bright violet color. Vibrant spice- and mineral-accented red fruits and candied flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Silky, seamless and appealing sweet, showing Pinot-like finesse and clarity to its fresh raspberry and cherry flavors. Finishes very long and sappy, with suave tannins coming in late to add gentle grip. (JR)  (3/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Broad, expressive and open-textured, with a sense of restraint to the black cherry, blackberry, floral and wet earth flavors, finishing with density, harmony and persistence. (HS, Web Only-2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet baked fruit and a clove spice character that complements it nicely. The blend of varieties works very well here and there is proper length and complexity. Sophisticated, authentic, and very enjoyable. (RH)  (9/2016)

K&L Notes

I really enjoyed this latest release from Barossa legend John Duval. I have always admired the purity and balance in his wines but this 2013 release is something else. It's beautifully fresh and energetic with fine but persistent tannins teasing the black and blue fruits long on the palate. Asian spices and a whiff of floral violets add a nice accent. Finishes dry and tight with elegant focus and restraint for such a powerful wine. In a blind tasting I may well have picked this as hailing from a cooler climate than Barossa, it has such poise and energy. I really like this. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Aussie wine buyer) 93 points Wine Front: "This is a smooth ride. It's a fantastic drink. It smells of black berries, licorice, dried herbs, pepper and earth. It's medium bodied, fringed with satiny tannins, crisp with acidity, long and fine in fruit flavour, finishing sweet and lightly salty. Feels elegant, seamless, flowing and delicious. Fruit is to the fore, though a little sinewy cedar chimes in well too. It's a very complete and highly drinkable blend that shows the warm heart of the region in simple fruitiness, meshed into good structure. So well done. Drink loads. A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Shiraz comes from old vineyards in Tanunda, Krondorf and Ebenezer, the Grenache comes from Tanunda and Ebenezer, Mourvèdre from Light Pass in the Barossa Valley."

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2017 | Send Email
This wine is a beautiful example of where Shiraz blends are heading now in the Barossa. This Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre blend is elegant, polished, and expressive without being overwhelming or heavy. It is approachable with lively fruit and just enough structure and acid to round out the wine beautifully. The Grenache adds some lighter red fruit quality, while the Shiraz brings depth and interest to the wine. Pay attention everyone, because Shiraz blends in Australia are not the giant fruit bombs people recall. They are refined, stylistic, and most importantly delicious.
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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2017 | Send Email
This is not the jammy Shiraz from Barossa you had from that bottle of Yellowtail back in 2002. Far from it. This is a dark, brooding, dense, and intriguing expression from John Duval that showcases the intensity and the vigor of what the best parcels in the Barossa Valley can bring to a wine, but without any of the sweetness or the overpowering alcohol. The black and blue fruits are pronounced, yet restrained. There's a meatiness there, but it's merely an undercurrent. The finish is ripe, but simultaneously earthy with soft tannins. I love it when we offer wines that break from the mass market expectations. This is Barossa like you've never tasted it. It's a wine that makes you stand up and take notice.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2017 | Send Email
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My notes on the wine are above so here I'll just tell a quick story about the man behind the wine. I was at a seminar in San Francisco a while back and a panel of Australian winemakers (including John Duval) were arguing about the use of Syrah Vs. Shiraz. Some said they used Syrah to denote that they were making a cooler climate style, with more restraint like one would typically associate with French expressions of Syrah. Duval interjected saying "we're from Australia, we make fu%&ing Shiraz"..."just because I call it Shiraz doesn't mean it has to be some over-ripe fruit bomb...Shiraz can be just as elegant and perfumed as Syrah...what name you use shouldn't dictate the style you make or vice versa." His comments really struck a chord with me and I see this attitude in his wines. They are authentic expressions of the land they come from but also prove that balance and poise can be found even in the warmer growing regions of the world.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2017 | Send Email
Impressive, concentrated berries are the first thing I noticed when I took in the aromas. This beauty continues with a dark fruit aroma that is somehow also fresh. Dry, crisp, and still fresh flavors hit the palate with a touch of herb and spice. The finish is clean, earthy, and fresh. A lovely, expressive, delicious wine from the folks out at John Duval.

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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

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Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5