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John Duval Plexus Barossa Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2020

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£31.00

Known also as John Duval Plexus Red, John Duval Plexus Barossa Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre is an old vine blend that is rich, smooth and very expressive

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Rich Spicy Red

Grape Variety

Shiraz / Syrah, Grenache / Garnacha, Mourvèdre

Wine Region

Barossa Valley

Country

Australia

ABV

14.5%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

No, Screwcap

Lifestyle

Vegan, Vegetarian

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2031

Description

John Duval Plexus Red 2020, or John Duval Plexus Barossa Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2020 to give it its full name, is a beautifully smooth and expressive red blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Whilst the GSM blend is more associated with Rhône blends, the style of this wine is more Bordeaux. It’s elegant, full-bodied but not overpowering, with a good balance of fruit, acidity, alcohol and tannins. When you smell John Duval Plexus Red 2020, you’ll find lovely vibrant aromas of red fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, and redcurrants, with underlying notes of liquorice, cinnamon, and a hint of smoky oak. It is generous and velvety on the palate, with layers of red and black fruits, such as cherries, plums, and blackberries, along with hints of savoury spice. The tannins are gentle and well-integrated, leading to a long and pure finish. Whilst I have classified John Duval Plexus Barossa Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2020 as Rich & Spicy due to its complexity, it could equally fall into the Smooth Elegant Red category. It is delicious!

 

John Duval, one of Australia’s most acclaimed winemakers, was born into a family of grape growers. He spent 30 years at Penfolds, where he was instrumental in establishing the winery as one of the world’s best. He has received various accolades over the years including International Winemaker of the Year, Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine of the Year. His own label, John Duval Wines, focuses on the best of the Barossa Valley’s low-yielding, old vine vineyards and pays homage to Penfolds’ structured, elegant wines with aromatic intensity, rich fruit flavours, complexity and ageing capability.

How to enjoy

Drink with chicken, turkey, red meats (grilled, roasted or barbecued) especially lamb and game. Or just relax with a glass and savour!

 

Serve at: 14 – 16°C

Producer's Notes

“A classic Barossa blend crafted from our resource of old vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre: Nose: Lifted vibrant red fruits, with underlying notes of liquorice, cinnamon and a hint of smokey oak. Palate: Generous, velvety layers of red and black fruits, hints of savoury spice and gentle tannins finishing very long and pure.”

Awards

92 points – RobertParker.com
“Delicious. The 2020 Plexus is resinous and charry on opening – the succulent fruit starts to flower with some additional time in the glass. The 2020 season was the second of drought conditions in the Barossa and was shaped by incredibly low yields. As it happens, many of the 2020s I have tasted have been excellent quality, as this is. Concentration 101.”

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