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2016 John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

2016 John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

This is a very good Barossa Valley SGM, looking to the future rather than the past. While the flavours are complex, there is a lightness of touch.'
95 Points - James Halliday

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$209.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • John's aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. 

    Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have medium term cellaring potential for 8-10 years.


    Variety: Shiraz 53%, Grenache 29%, Mourvedre 18%. The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Ebenezer and Eden Valley regions, Grenache from the Tanunda, Ebenezer and Greenock regions and Mourvèdre from the Light Pass and Ebenezer regions.

    Winemaking: Fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless steel fermenters.Grenache saw a small inclusion of whole bunches.

    Oak Maturation:  100% barrel maturated for 15 months, with just 13% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels); with the balance in older seasoned hogseads.

    Technical Notes:
    Alcohol 14.5%
    pH 3.55
    TA 6.10 g/l


    Colour: Vibrant purple-red Nose: Intense red and black berries enchanced by lifted spice and floral notes, licorice and dried herbs. Palate: Just over medium bodied, with a dark core of concentrated, ripe red and black fruits. Ample structure provided by smooth, fine tannins adn bright acidity. Finishes long and spicy.


    'A 52/30/18% blend open-fermented separately, the grenache with up to 20% whole bunches, matured for 15 months in French hogsheads (13% new). This is a very good Barossa Valley SGM, looking to the future rather than the past. While the flavours are complex, there is a lightness of touch ex the winery after careful monitoring of ripeness in the vineyards. Thus it has the best of both worlds, and by rights should please everyone with its mix of cherry, plum and blackberry couched in savoury tannins on the finish.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    'If you wanted to show someone the beauty of the GSM blend, you’d do well to show them this. It’s spot on. The spice, the florals, the rakes of dry tannin, the curls of anise, black cherry and woodsmoke. It’s not a big wine but it has a seriousness, a presence. The tannin in this wine; it sparks its way through from the mid palate on. Can’t fault this. It’s beautifully put together'
    94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    'The subtle undergrowth complexity together with low-key oak and a whiff of grenache perfume work beautifully with the dark berry fruit. This isn't a big, alcoholic red, but the flavour length and fine tannins are very satisfying indeed.'
    Lester Jesberg - Wine Wise