John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008 Wine Review
John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 95/100
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.
Shiraz food pairings: grilled meats, well-seasoned game and aged hard cheeses such as cheddar.
This John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008 was reviewed on September 1, 2012 by Natalie MacLean
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|My aim with Entity is to produce a wine true to the Barossa. The 2008 vintage started with favourable flowering conditions, a nice surprise after the 2007 drought year. After a few hot days in December, January and February were relatively mild with excellent conditions for ripening. My vintage started with Shiraz from the Krondorf region on the 5th of February, four days earlier than 2007. By the end of February I had all of my best Shiraz blocks harvested, which proved to be good timing to avoid the heat wave experienced in Southern Australia in early March.|
Variety: Shiraz 100% Sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Light Pass, Marananga, Tanunda and Eden Valley regions of the Barossa
Winemaking: Fermentation with submerged cap in both traditional old open and small stainless steel fermenters
Oak Maturation: 100% barrel maturation for 17 months with 35% new fine grain French oak and the balance; 2, 3 and 4 year old French and American oak hogsheads (300 1itres). Some batches finished fermentation in new barrels
Colour: Dense ruby purple
Nose: Youthful dark fruits of blackberry and plum combine with a hint of mocha and savoury French oak
Palate: An excellent concentration of pure Barossa dark fruit. Long and rich, balanced by attractive ripe tannins and bright acidity. The pure, dark fruits are supported by high quality French oak that adds structure and polish to the wine.
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