John Duval Eligo Shiraz 2016
STYLE: 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.
VINTAGE: The growing season was characterised by low winter and spring rainfall which was followed by a hot spell in mid-December. The hot conditions were thankfully broken by 40mm of rain in late January. The timing of the rain was perfect, particularly for our dry grown vines. The balance of the ripening season comprised warm days, but slightly cooler nights, helping the vines to cope with the warmer conditions.
Colour: Dark purple-red.
Nose: Concentrated black and blue fruits with hints of earth, nutmeg and spicy, savoury oak.
Palate: Layers of rich, silky dark fruits with some earthy savouriness, smoked meat and liquorice. A long, generous and lively palate defined by polished and persistent tannins.