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John Duval Plexus Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre 2016

John Duval Plexus Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre 2016

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"Smooth, supple waves of black cherries characterize the flowing profile of Duval's 2016 Plexus, a blend of 53% Shiraz, 29% Grenache and 18% Mourvèdre. Enough savory meat and spice notes creep in to keep the wine multidimensional. With just 15% new oak, it's not a major player in terms of flavor, though the oak no doubt had an impact on the wine's fine-grained, easy-going feel. Drink: 2018-2025. 91 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."

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (238)