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John Duval Annexus Grenache 2016

John Duval Annexus Grenache 2016

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"Delicate streaks of Mediterranean herbs and dried spices add nuance to the cherry fruit in Duval's 2016 Annexus Grenache. Aged a year in older hogsheads, the oak impact is minimal. It's a medium to full-bodied, suave expression of old-vine Barossa Grenache, with a slightly coarse, tannic feel that adds a savory edge to fruit that might otherwise be too confected. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. Drink: 2018-2023. 92 points

Catching up with John Duval is a lesson in modern Australian winemaking. He made Grange for Penfolds, working with Max Schubert and Don Ditter before serving as chief winemaker from 1987–2002, so he's got historic bona fides. He seems to know all the growers in Barossa, where he's made his own wines since 2003. His son, Tim, recently joined the family business, but the big news this year is the release of their first varietal Mataro, from centenary vines in Light Pass."

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (238)