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John Duval is a legendary name in Australian winemaking. As only the third winemaker to be entrusted with the making of Australia’s most famous wine, Grange, John worked for Penfolds for 28 years (including 16 years as chief winemaker) until his departure in 2002.
Plexus is a blend of the varieties that excel in the Barossa – Shiraz (54%), Grenache (32%) and Mourvèdre (14%).
The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Tanunda, Krondorf and Ebenezer regions, Grenache from the Tanunda and Ebenezer region and Mourvèdre from the Light Pass region.
Shiraz gives the wine lovely weight and depth, the Grenache gives great aromatics along with softness and richness on the palate, while the Mourvèdre lends the wine a spicy character and good tannic structure.
Fermentation is traditional in open steel fermenters after which the wine was 100% barrel matured for 14 months, with just 8% in new French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels) the balance being in three to six year old barrels.
Deep crimson, the 2014 Plexus has an attractive red and black fruit character with savoury undertones. Generous on the palate, with a soft texture and fine soft tannins.