96 Points - Angus Hughson | RRP $55
When it comes to Australian winemakers, few are as esteemed as John Duval. Appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986, Duval was the custodian of Penfolds Grange for almost 30 years. Establishing his eponymous label in 2003, Duval continues to showcase old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz along with other select Rhone varietals.
The 2019 John Duval Entity Shiraz is another high quality Shiraz that follows in the steps of the hugely popular recent vintages of this wine. Made with the intention of delivering a Shiraz true to the Barossa, this again includes some Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity.
Approachable in its youth, the 2019 Entity Shiraz offers impressive fruit depth and ample structure; awash with fresh, vibrant blue fruits/ blueberries and concentrated plum. Finishing with hints of cedar spice and extremely fine tannins, this impeccable Barossa Shiraz will cellar for many years to come.
"96 Points. If you are looking for an exceptional, well priced and sophisticated Barossa shiraz John Duval’s Entity must be in the top handful of wines, if not the leading contender. These are wines that always mix power and poise in a stylish package. And again here, the low-yielding 2019 vintage is on show although the wine admirably retains its shape. Very deep ruby in colour, it explodes with kirsch, fruit pastilles and black olive aromas wound up tightly by high quality oak. It is still a little bit closed but already absolutely moreish and delicious. That is then followed by a palate that is dry, firm, young and tight, with a super balance of dark fruits over ample tannins. There is an attractive layer of spice too - cinnamon and fennel seed - that helps it to retain brightness and subtlety before a long and rich finish. A super wine that will cellar nicely, if you can keep your hands off it. $55. Drink: 2025 - 2038"- Angus Hughson, winepilot.com.
"94 Points. Very polished, very good shiraz. Hits out around medium weight but delivers way more of an experience. There’s a boot polish thing in here too. Mostly, dark berries, inky, booze-soaked cherry fruitiness, this curl of milk chocolate and a slick of sweet spice. It feels shapely, velvety but deals in coolness too. You can’t use the word restrained around it but there’s shape and length and a smudge of nice, dusty tannins molten lava in it all. Lovely stuff. This is a good way to see how $55 goes for quality and Barossa shiraz. Tasted: July 21. 14.5% alc. $55 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2030" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
John Duval began working with old vine Barossa Shiraz when he commenced his winemaking career at Penfolds in the early 1970’s. Through the 1990’s he played a leading role in trialling maturation of old vine Barossa Shiraz in new French oak hogsheads, contrary to the established winery convention of blending Shiraz from multiple regions and maturation in American oak.
These early trials led to the first release of the Penfold’s RWT Barossa Shiraz from the 1997 vintage - a wine that marked a step change moment in the style evolution of Barossa Shiraz.
In 2003, John Duval established his eponymous label, with a focus on old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz, along with some select other Rhone varietals.
John’s approach to making Barossa Shiraz continues unchanged, and maturation of selected parcels of old vine fruit in French oak is fundamental to producing Entity; an elegant Shiraz that is true to the Barossa.
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