2017 John Duval Integro Cabernet Shiraz
Since establishing John Duval Wines in 2003, John has always had in mind the idea to produce a Cabernet Shiraz blend as his family’s contribution to the proud and distinctly Australian tradition of blending these two varieties. An age-worthy wine that would reward extended cellaring, allowing its journey of evolution to be enjoyed over many years. A wine from special Barossa vineyards, and produced only when the right vintage conditions prevailed.
In 2017 John Duval Wines was presented with a stunning parcel of fruit from the historic Stonegarden Vineyard, located to the east of Springton in the Eden Valley. First planted in 1858, this vineyard is home to some of the oldest surviving vines in the world and in recent years has produced a string of award-winning wines – including Annexus Grenache. Dry grown and at around 400m altitude, this very special site produces low yields of small berries of intense flavour, displaying excellent balance, elegance and classic Cabernet characters which became the core of this first Integro release.
The Cabernet was matured in French oak hogsheads for 18 months before blending with a small parcel of exceptional 2017 Barossa Valley Shiraz (10%) to balance the palate and produce a complete wine; hence the name Integro – meaning to make whole – was assigned to this special wine.
Whilst true to the John Duval style of elegance and structure, and approachable as a young wine, Integro is designed to reward extended bottle maturation. We sense the wine will enter its peak drinking window around 15 years from vintage, but like all great Cabernet Sauvignon, the opportunity for ageing is considerably longer.