2013 John Duval "Plexus" SGM Barossa Valley South Australia SKU #1286289


Club Price: $23.99
JH 94 RP 93 VN 92
WS 92
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K&L Notes

I really enjoyed this latest release from Barossa legend John Duval. I have always admired the purity and balance in his wines but this 2013 release is something else. It's beautifully fresh and energetic with fine but persistent tannins teasing the black and blue fruits long on the palate. Asian spices and a whiff of floral violets add a nice accent. Finishes dry and tight with elegant focus and restraint for such a powerful wine. In a blind tasting I may well have picked this as hailing from a cooler climate than Barossa, it has such poise and energy. I really like this. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Aussie wine buyer) 93 points Wine Front: "This is a smooth ride. It's a fantastic drink. It smells of black berries, licorice, dried herbs, pepper and earth. It's medium bodied, fringed with satiny tannins, crisp with acidity, long and fine in fruit flavour, finishing sweet and lightly salty. Feels elegant, seamless, flowing and delicious. Fruit is to the fore, though a little sinewy cedar chimes in well too. It's a very complete and highly drinkable blend that shows the warm heart of the region in simple fruitiness, meshed into good structure. So well done. Drink loads. A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Shiraz comes from old vineyards in Tanunda, Krondorf and Ebenezer, the Grenache comes from Tanunda and Ebenezer, Mourvèdre from Light Pass in the Barossa Valley."

Staff Reviews

  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is a beautiful example of where Shiraz blends are heading now in the Barossa. This Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre blend is elegant, polished, and expressive without being overwhelming or heavy. It is approachable with lively fruit and just enough structure and acid to round out the wine beautifully. The Grenache adds some lighter red fruit quality, while the Shiraz brings depth and interest to the wine. Pay attention everyone, because Shiraz blends in Australia are not the giant fruit bombs people recall. They are refined, stylistic, and most importantly delicious.
    Top Value!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is not the jammy Shiraz from Barossa you had from that bottle of Yellowtail back in 2002. Far from it. This is a dark, brooding, dense, and intriguing expression from John Duval that showcases the intensity and the vigor of what the best parcels in the Barossa Valley can bring to a wine, but without any of the sweetness or the overpowering alcohol. The black and blue fruits are pronounced, yet restrained. There's a meatiness there, but it's merely an undercurrent. The finish is ripe, but simultaneously earthy with soft tannins. I love it when we offer wines that break from the mass market expectations. This is Barossa like you've never tasted it. It's a wine that makes you stand up and take notice.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    My notes on the wine are above so here I'll just tell a quick story about the man behind the wine. I was at a seminar in San Francisco a while back and a panel of Australian winemakers (including John Duval) were arguing about the use of Syrah Vs. Shiraz. Some said they used Syrah to denote that they were making a cooler climate style, with more restraint like one would typically associate with French expressions of Syrah. Duval interjected saying "we're from Australia, we make fu%&ing Shiraz"..."just because I call it Shiraz doesn't mean it has to be some over-ripe fruit bomb...Shiraz can be just as elegant and perfumed as Syrah...what name you use shouldn't dictate the style you make or vice versa." His comments really struck a chord with me and I see this attitude in his wines. They are authentic expressions of the land they come from but also prove that balance and poise can be found even in the warmer growing regions of the world.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027
  • Sal Rodriguez
    By: Sal Rodriguez
    K&L Staff Member
    Impressive, concentrated berries are the first thing I noticed when I took in the aromas. This beauty continues with a dark fruit aroma that is somehow also fresh. Dry, crisp, and still fresh flavors hit the palate with a touch of herb and spice. The finish is clean, earthy, and fresh. A lovely, expressive, delicious wine from the folks out at John Duval.


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