John Duval, Plexus

Australia, Barossa Valley

An absolute fruit bombe of a wine – as exuberant on the palate as it is on the nose. Bold English summer fruit juice flavours (with plenty of soft spice) marry with the sweet berry fruit and lovely vanilla pod notes. On one hand full and rich, on another soft and easy drinking.”

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MWS: 96

SKU: 406. Categories: , .


Shiraz is sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf and Marananga regions; Grenache from old, 50-60 year old bush vines from the Stockwell and Krondorf regions; and Mourvèdre from old bush vines - the oldest over 100 years old - from the Light Pass and Krondorf regions. A high diurnal temperature variation slows the ripening process.

Grape Variety

52% Shiraz, 29% Grenache, 19% Mourvèdre.

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 and aged in a mixture of oak barrels, 10% new French oak and 90% 3-6 year old barrels, for 15 months.

Alcohol Percentage


Cellar Potential

Drink now and over next 3 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.

Food Match

Would work well with bold dishes such as duck with a sweet sauce, generally Chinese style cooking and mildish lamb curries.

In the press

Gold- Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 and 2017 (2012 and 2015 Vintages)

Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

Bronze- Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 (2012 Vintage)

Bronze- International Wine Challenge 2014 (2012 Vintage)

Stephen Tanzer: 92 points

Wine Spectator: 91 points


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