In the video below, we chat with John Duval, who was the winemaker for one of Australia’s most coveted labels, Penfolds, for 29 years.  He’s won many awards over his career, including Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. In 2003, he left Penfolds to start his own winery.

Why is Penfolds such an iconic wine?

What has been your most memorable winemaking experience to date?

How are you own wines different from Penfolds?

Why is there a myth that Australian wines can’t age?

We’ll post part two of our conversation this week.

 

2008 John Duval Entity Shiraz, Barossa, Australia

An extraordinary wine of great complexity, depth and elegance. Dark fruit flavours are balanced by an earthy, smoky character. This one would age a long time in your cellar, but why wait? Available in Vintages October 13. Food matches: grilled meats, well-seasoned game and aged hard cheeses such as cheddar. Drink: 2012 – 2020 73056 14.5% XD 750 ml $49.95 Score: 95/100.

 

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Is there someone else with a fascinating wine story whom you think I should interview? Please e-mail me: natdecants@nataliemaclean.com.