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2014 John Duval Eligo Shiraz

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Our Price: $98.00 / bottle (RRP: $130.00) Case: 6 x 750 ml
'This wine needs a decade, if not several, to reach its peak.'
97 Points - James Halliday

  • My aim with Eligo is to produce a structured but elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz. A wine with restrained power, rich texture and palate length. Eligo is a vineyard selection of the best, low yielding parcels of exceptional fruit that I find during the vintage.

    Eligo represents the best of my 2014 vintage and is sourced from some excellent Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley regions.


    Colour - Deep purple red.

    Nose - Lifted black plum, blackberry and blueberry with hints of earth, anise and spicy, savoury oak.

    Palate - Elegant expression of rich dark fruits with some earthy savouriness and smoked meat flavours. Long and intense with excellent fruit purity and freshness, finishing with a taut backbone and persistent fine tannin structure.


    Vintage - The 2014 vintage did provide some challenges. After good winter and early spring rains the soil profiles were generally full, but a combination of a windy spring with northern Barossa frosts did dramatically reduce the production for some vineyards. A dry late spring and hot start to summer was brought to a halt on Valentine’s Day by significant rain and then cooler conditions for the remainder of vintage. These cooler conditions provided an extended ripening period and allowed excellent flavour to build.

    Winemaking - Fermentation with submerged cap in small stainless steel fermenters. Some batches had up to 2 weeks on skins. 100% barrel matured for 20 months with 60% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre) and the balance 2 and 3 year old hogsheads.


    Alc/vol - 14.5%

  • 'Matured for 20 months in French oak (75% new). The massive difference in most of the best Barossa Valley shirazs of today compared to the wines of 20 years ago has been the adoption of French oak (not even a mix of French and American). It freshens the flavour profile, allowing the varietal fruit expression freedom to communicate its message. That said, this wine needs a decade, if not several, to reach its peak.'
    97 Points - James Halliday

    'Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2014 Eligo has pronounced black plum and blackberry preserves aromas over nuances of charcoal, grilled meat, earth, peppercorns and aniseed. Rich, ripe, concentrated and with firm, finely grained tannins on the palate, it has a taut backbone and great length.
    93+ points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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