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.
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.
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.
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