John Duval is one of the world's best known winemakers and comes from a family that boasts four generations of South Australian vignerons. In 2003, after 28 years with Penfolds, including 16 years as Chief Winemaker, John developed his own label. Utilising old vine Barossa Valley fruit, John has created five stunning wines within his range. You will find his wines reflect the terroir of the Barossa and the handcrafted attention of all things 'John Duval'. This year John Duval Wines reflect on the developement and successes of the family winery as they enter their second decade, together with John's continuing involvementin his two joint venture projects in Chile and Washington State.
My aim with Eligo is to produce a structured but elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz. A wine with restrained power, rich texture and palate length. Eligo is a vineyard selection of the best, low yielding parcels of exceptional fruit that I find during the vintage.
My aim with Plexus MVR is to promote a vibrant expression of fruit aromas from the interaction of the three varieties; and on the palate, to build structure and texture, rather than just acid crispness.
Varieties: Marsanne 71%, Viognier 20% and Roussanne 9%
Marsanne was sourced from the Marananga and Seppeltsfield region, Roussanne fom the Kalimna region and Viognier from Eden Valley.
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.
My aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish.
The inspiration from the Barossa’s best old vine Grenache vineyards created Annexus, an addition to our Plexus blend. Annexus is a small unique blend selected from our best old low yielding Grenache vineyards, made only in the best years.
My aim with Entity is to produce an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa. The 2013 Entity again includes some Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle under good cellaring conditions, for at least 10- 12 years.
The Carménère vines are planted in red clay and the Syrah in a granitic soil with some clay content. Both varieties are located on the upper slopes of Apalta. The soils are between 1 and 2.5 metres in depth and the plots are located at 250 to 470 metres above sea level.
With grapes from a selection of soils in Apalta and a special fermentation, we have achieved a full-bodied, concentrated wine. 18 months in French oak barrels and one year in the bottle have brought balance and roundness to the wine and concentrated the purity and elegance of the fruit.
This elegant, well-structured wine reveals the influence of the Andes mountains and the Maipo River and displays a fascinating aromatic complexity. This blend offers layers of flavours, thanks to the components which give it good ageing potential.