2014 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $40) SKU #1297785

$29.95

JH 96 VN 93 WE 93
RP 92 WS 91
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Made by one of the all-time icons of Australian winemaking, John Duval (ex-Penfolds Grange winemaker), the 2014 Entity is exclusively sourced from old-vine vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Duval employs very minimal intervention to let the quality of the fruit shine through. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Aussie Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "My aim with Entity is to produce an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa. The 2014 Entity again includes some Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. Traditional, low-intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle under good cellaring conditions, for at least 10-12 years. Fruit is sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Eden Valley and Marananga regions. In the cellar fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless-steel fermenters. The wine is then matured for 15 months, in 35% new, fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litres) and the balance in 2, 3 and 4 year old hogsheads. This is deep purple red. The nose shows a dark fruit expression of blackberry and plum, giving way to some lifted floral notes and savoury, spicy French oak. On the palate the Entity is full bodied and generous with excellent concentration of blackberry fruit. Textured layers of fruit, balanced acitity and fine, long tannins will enable good cellaring potential."

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    4/19/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm in danger of repeating myself once again here...but this wine is just a perennial favorite that year in, year out delivers simply phenomenal value for money and fantastic consistency of top-notch quality. For those of you that haven't heard to story before here's a brief outline: John Duval is one of the most heralded winemakers of the modern era. He made one of the world's most awarded and coveted wines (Penfold's Grange) for 15+ years as Head Winemaker at Penfold's. He knows the Barossa like the back of his hand and sources the best fruit the region has to offer from some of its oldest vines. After moving on from Penfold's, John set up his own, eponymous label and continues to produce wines that are nothing short of world-class at prices that continue to amaze me. Our continuing support of these wines year after year means that we can offer the very best pricing on these wines that are already significantly under-priced to begin with, in my opinion...but I'm certainly not complaining!
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    4/13/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I am typically not one to be attracted to bigger, full-bodied wines such as Shiraz from the Barossa, but on occasion I run across one which changes my perspective. Duval's Entity Shiraz is just such a wine. With lengthy experience both at Penfolds and on his own, Duval is a winemaker who truly understands the Barossa, with its particular strengths and shortcomings. His wines are neither too over-blown, nor too restrained, rather they showcase the power and richness of the region in a perfectly balanced way. The Entity Shiraz is dark-fruited, full-bodied and soft, with excellent structure and good spice, but also clean and poised, without being over-ripe or flabby.

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