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John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008 Wine Review

John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008

John Duval Entity Shiraz 2008

Barossa, Australia

Community Score: 4.8/5

Community Reviews: 1

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Price: $49.95

Drink: 2012-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml



 

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: John Duval

Agent: B And W Wines

Product: 73056

Product: 380071

Product: 10944785

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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 was reviewed September 1, 2012 by

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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.
Region: Barossa

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

Tasting:

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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