`Plexus` Barossa Valley Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre

Barossa Valley

John Duval

One of the world's great winemakers, John Duval was given the 'Grange' torch...

by Max Schubert and passed it on to his successor when he left Penfolds to start out on his own with the 2003 vintage, sourcing fruit from some long-time friends in the Barossa. His red wines - a Shiraz and a Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre blend - are sourced from old Barossa vines aged between 50 and 100 years old and showcase the best of the Barossa region. In 2010 he introduced a white Plexus wine to his range using traditional white Rhône varietals.

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Vineyards

Shiraz was sourced from vineyards in the Stockwell, Light Pass, Krondorf and Marananga regions. Grenache from old bush vines 50-60 years old from Stockwell, Light Pass and the Krondorf regions. Mourvedre from old bush vines, the oldest over 100 years old, from the Light Pass and Krondorf regions.

Vinification

100% barrel matured for 16 months. Some Shiraz finished its fermentation in new oak, with 10% in new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litres) and the balance in 3 years and older French oak.

Tasting Notes

Youthful aromatic red and black fruits combine well with an array of spices. Shiraz and Mourvedre provide good backbone tannins and structure, which is balanced by the aromatics and softness of Grenache. Good depth of flavour, without being heavy or over-ripe.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2007
Grape varieties 51% Syrah/Shiraz
28% Grenache/Garnacha
21% Mourvedre
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.5g/l
Wine pH 3.55