After 29 years as a winemaker with Penfolds, being names winemaker of the year several times, and overseeing the production of Australia's most famous wine, Penfolds Grange, John Duval struck out on his own to create his own label in 2003.
The 2015 John Duval Plexus SGM is a vibrant purple with deep red hues. The nose shows aromas of dark berries and bramble with a dusting of spices, licorice, and dried herbs The palate is medium bodied with a generous core of ripe black berries and supporting red fruits. Ample structure is provided by fine grainy tannins with a long spicy finish.
Varietal Composition: 52% Shiraz, 32% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Australia
Aging: 15 months in French oak hogsheads, 10% new
93 Points - Wine Advocate
"A Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro blend, the 2015 Plexus has a pale to medium garnet-purple color and nose of kirsch, red currant jelly and raspberry preserves with hints of Chinese five spice, hoisin, roses, black pepper and underbrush. Rich, concentrated, full-bodied and full-on seductive, it fills the palate with exotically spiced red fruit preserves. With plush tannins and a balanced freshness, it has a perfumed finish with satisfying persistence." -LPB, 8/31/17
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Renowned Barossa winemaker John Duval's reds have a certain style signature to them: savory, herbaceous and finely structured—polished without pretense—and this classic Aussie blend doesn't disappoint. The nose swims with plums, raspberries, oak spice, dried floral and green-herbal notes, backed by a savory streak and herbal tonic nuances. Medium to full bodied, the palate is gripped firmly by fine-grained, herbal tannins. Plums and oak spice round out the finish." -CP, 10/1/19