Reflects - in the best sense - John Duval's long career as the chief architect of Grange. This brings together depth, texture and complexity to a palette of black fruits, ripe tannins and oak. It cries out for patience (as does Grange), and the greater your patience, the greater the reward. *Special Value Selection*
The nose is all blackberry and dark plums with background cola, earth and baking spices. The palate has density with the right hand of balance to guide it in.
As chief winemaker at Penfolds for 16 years, John Duval was powerfully networked at the center of the Barossa wine community. He established his own label in 2003, focused on Barossa, where he sources fruit from parcels in Krondorf, Eden Valley, Light Pass and Ebenezer to make Entity. His 2015 is a silky shiraz emphasizing tannins with the cool feel of freshly turned earth. It melds floral notes with scents of black olive, black pepper and a bright berry rasp of fruit that speaks of old-vine concentration. Finely integrated, this is built to last.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Entity opens with crushed black currant and black cherry notes over layers of licorice, chocolate box, Sichuan pepper and fertile loam. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers beautifully soft, silky tannins and just enough freshness to lift the intense pepper and black fruit flavors, finishing long with an herbal lift coming through. (LPB)
From one of Barossa's Shiraz masters, this is an earthy, herbaceous and almost delicate rendition of the grape that is known for richness and power. This wine's focus is on red forrest berries, plums, black pepper and dried leaves. The herbaceousness really shines on the palate, which, thanks to lifted acidity and fine, savory, structured tannins, makes this more than drinkable now, though it's capable of aging nicely over the next decade, too. Drink now–2028. *Editor's Choice* (CP)
A whiff of fresh mint adds to the black cherry, blackberry and blueberry core. Effusive and concentrated, with notes of chocolate, espresso and sarsaparilla lingering on the finish. (MW)
A supple mouth-feel shows exotic spices, herbs, succulent berry fruits and savoury cherries, leading to a seamless mid-palate with rare roast lamb and sage notes. The fresh, green herbs hint at whole-bunch fermentation, and carry the wine well. (TG)
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