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.

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A white hot bakers dozen wines for Summer under $25

Thirteen wines that will cover all your wine needs this Summer whether you are at the beach, BBQ or just chilling on the couch!



What’s hot in your glass this summer?  The summer of 2014 will be one where there are plenty of wines vying for a share of your wine glass. Moscato continues its expansion on shelves and fridges with new variants such as Banrock Station’s Red Moscato ($9). So too does Pinot Grigio or its sweeter version Pinot Gris.  Read More

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Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2012

Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Part of Cumulus’ Rolling brand, designating it as being sourced from the Central Ranges of New South Wales as the Climbing brand is solely sourced from the higher slopes of Orange. The funky labels have a nattily dressed lady on a bicycle zipping, or should I say rolling, by.  The rolling wines tend to be well priced under $20 but you may find them discounted for less occasionally, even down Read More

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Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012

This is one for those who are not oak-lovers – in red or in white wines. Joshua is a wine with an incredibly vibrant fruitiness. The generous raspberry fruit is enhanced with pepper, perfumed floral notes and dried herbs.

Juicy, ripe soft fruit aside, there is a slight bite of acid on the back of the palate that will be tamed somewhat with food.  The combination of generosity of fruit with the lack of oak makes this wine a good candidate for food with a spicy bent.

Date: March 2013   Price:  $29   Value: $$   Drink:  Now  – 3 years


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D’Arenberg 2009 Cadenzia

From the icon Osborn family from the McLaren Vale who have been a champion of the GSM blend.   The vibrancy of this wine is a testament to this.  A blend of 50% Grenache, 45% Shiraz, 5% Mourvedre, foot treaded & Read More

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