John Duval "Plexus" Red 2017 (Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 94,

John Duval "Plexus" Red 2017
(Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WS 94, #25 Top 100 of 2019] [JH 94] [JS 92] [RP 90]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
My aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavors from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also cellar for 8-10years.


The 2017 vintage was defined by excellent winter and spring rains. The plentiful rains led to ample canopy coverage and a healthy fruit set. Summer was mild, which in combination with healthy yields resulted in vintage starting some four weeks later than in 2016. Shiraz was first picked in the Light Pass area on 10 March and finished on 20 April in Eden Valley

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 10% new fine grain French oak hogs heads (300 liter barrels); with the balance in older seasoned hogsheads.


Tasting Notes

Color: Vibrant garnet-purple

Nose: Lifted aromas of red fruits, rose petals and dried herbs enhanced by cinnamon and earth.

Palate: Medium bodied showing bright and fleshy layers of raspberry, red currant and darker fruit edges. Supple, classy tannins leading to a soft-textured elegant finish.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points & #25 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"Vibrant, with blackberry, blueberry and spiced plum flavors that are fresh, plump and generous at the core. Impressively elegant and seamless, featuring fresh earth, spice and floral notes that linger effortlessly alongside fine-grained tannins. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2037. 2,000 cases imported." - MW (Nov 15, 2019)

94 Points - James Halliday:
"A 51/32/17% blend, the components sourced from various districts that produce high quality fruit. Standard vinification, then matured for 15 months with 10% new French hogsheads, the remainder 3-6yo barrels. It's a powerful wine in the context of '17, old vines doing what they have done for the last 50+ years. Needs a few more years to relax." (8/2019)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"This has richness that drives from the shiraz corner with fragrant, grenache red fruit and a deep tone at the finish, thanks to mourvedre’s blue fruit. A well crafted blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre. Drink or hold." (6/2019)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A blend of 51% Shiraz, 32% Grenache and 17% Mourvèdre, Duval's 2017 Plexus is marked by 15 months in French oak. Scents of mocha, cedar and caramel join hints of cherries and spice on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is smooth and supple, finishing harmonious and long." - Joe Czerwinski (31st Jul 2020)