John Duval is one of the world’s best known winemakers coming from a family that boasts four generations of South Australian vignerons. He has been saluted many times on the world stage, notably International Winemaker of the Year 1989 and twice Red Winemaker of the Year in 1991 and 2000. Toward the end of 2002, John retired from Southcorp after a distinguished career of 28 years, including 16 years as Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. John embarked on the development of his own label in 2003 using old vine Barossa Valley fruit and has created two stunning wines that reflect the terroir of the Barossa and the hand crafted attention of John Duval.
A new blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% shiraz that offers a very fresh, vivid and intense impression that leads with blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as violets, dark stones, graphite, pepper and earthy elements. The palate has attractive freshness and lively fruit with intense, ripe blueberries, black cherries, blackberries and more. Smoothly composed, long and even. This has a very succulent, long and rich finish. Dense, long and well composed. Drink or hold. Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Rating: 96 Points; Nick Stock; JamesSuckling.com
A full-bodied wine of ultimate coherence and quality, the bouquet setting the signal for the palate to follow. Attention to detail is obvious, especially the handling of tannins and oak. The integration of these components with the blackcurrant fruit is faultless. Drink to: 2047; Price: $220.00; Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Closure: Cork; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 98 Points & Top 100 wines for 2020; James Halliday Wine Companion
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