Sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Tanunda, Light Pass and Eden Valley regions of the Barossa. The Barossa valley region incorporates both the Barossa Valley itself and the Eden Valley, making it one of the few areas in Australia to have neighbouring warm and cool climate growing conditions, as the latter is at higher altitude. A high diurnal temperature variation slows the ripening process.
Red varietals are fermented with the juice and the skins of the grape; by using a submerged cap, this keeps the skins below the surface of the juice and therefore allow greater extraction of colour and tannins. The wine is matured 100% in oak barrels - 36% new fine grain French oak - for 18 months. According to the producers, the more subtle French oak was selected to complement the ripe dark fruits.
Drink now and over the next 5 years.
After spending 29 years as a winemaker with Penfolds - one of Australia's most famous wineries - John Duval founded his own eponymous wine label in 2003. John had already made a massive name for himself; as chief winemaker at Penfolds he picked up prestigious awards at the International Wine Challenger and International Wine and Spirits Competition, including "Winemaker of the Year" in select categories on 3 occasions.
Perfect partner for that griddled Sirloin steak and Portobello mushrooms; also worked very well recently with a Hungarian goulash!
In the press
Silver- International Wine Challenge 2013 (2010 Vintage)
Silver- International Wine Challenge (2013 Vintage)
Bronze- International Wine Challenge 2014
Bronze- Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
"This is, I think, the best edition of this carefully assembled shiraz... The nose is ripe and mellow, giving up layers of rich blackberry and Angelina-plum fruit. There's a wealth of spices and a soulful, earthy depth, as well as an ever-so-slightly-smoky, tarry edge. The palate is smoothly honed and focuses on a dense mid-palate presence that holds plenty of bright blackberry and plum flavors. Deceptively sturdy tannins carry hauntingly throughout – shadowy and in the background; they will underpin some considerable cellaring given the chance. But drinking very well already. Full credit to the masterful Duval. Drink in 2018." James Suckling, 96 points
Jancis Robinson, MW: 17 points