March 28, 2018

John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

John Duval winesJohn Duval’s mastery in winemaking is apparent in the elegance of the wines in his range. The former Penfold’s winemaker makes wines that are immediately drinkable or even better with some rest in your cellar. The Plexus is a Rhone blend, one that makes Shiraz the star with it making up 52% of the blend, Grenache 32% and the rest Mourvedre. All sourced from around the Barossa Valley. There is a matching pair, a white blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier which I have also found to be a fragrant treat.

Expect the Plexus red 2015to have a pretty floral lilt, raspberry and black plum fruit, liquorice with some spicy cinnamon notes coming from 15 months in mostly seasoned oak. Supple, smooth tannins support the fuller body and the detailed length last long in the month. It is a mouthful of ripe lushness that will go anywhere, with anything and will impress. It might just be hard to share.

Quickie review «A pretty and elegant mouthful of ripe lush fruit that will be impressive whatever the occasion.»

Country of Origin: Australia  Date: February 2018   Price: AUD40 | GBP26   Drink: now – 8+ years  Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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