2019 John Duval Wines Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
A blend of 45% Shiraz, 32% Grenache and 23% Mourvedre with maturation taking place in French oak hogsheads (15% new) for a period of 15 months. The Shiraz component was sourced from old vineyards at Krondorf, Marananga and Ebenezer. Grenache was sourced from vineyards at Tanunda and Ebenezer, and Mourvèdre from Light Pass and Ebenezer.
2019 was a vintage where quality has triumphed over quantity, with spring frosts and dry conditions combining for greatly reduced yields across the Barossa. Volumes were well down on average, some vineyards more than 50% down, particularly in Eden Valley. However, the fruit that was harvested showed exceptional depth of colour and vibrant yet concentrated fruit with plenty of structure.
Deep black dark red colour with a dark red black tinged hue. Showing ample intensity out of the glass are alluring scents of dark plum, liquorice and dark raspberries which are followed by vanillin cedar, subtle scorched earth notes and pepper. Rich and plush yet also refined, the palate is decorated with an even spread of blackberry, liquorice and dark raspberry fruits. Notions of vanillin cedar, light scorched earth and spicy pepper also chime in. Velvety tannins finishing with good freshness and a long seamless aftertaste.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.