John Duval Entity Shiraz 2018

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95 Points - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review March 2020
"Entity 2018 is all about generosity and harmony. Dark berries and plum are perfectly integrated with savoury and sweet notes of spice, cedary French oak is woven through without any woody edges. The texture is almost unctuously smooth, flowing long and velvety with perfectly integrated tannins worked through seamlessly. Lovely Australian wine"


  • John Duval began working with old vine Barossa Shiraz when he commenced his winemaking career at Penfolds in the early 1970’s. Through the 1990’s he played a leading role in trialling maturation of old vine Barossa Shiraz in new French oak hogsheads, contrary to the established winery convention of blending Shiraz from multiple regions and maturation in American oak. The early trials led to the first release of the Penfold’s RWT Barossa Shiraz from the 1997 vintage – a wine that marked a step change moment in the style evolution of Barossa Shiraz. John’s approach to making Barossa Shiraz continues unchanged, and maturation of selected parcels of old vine fruit in French oak is fundamental to producing Entity - an elegant Shiraz that is true to the Barossa.

    Following the pattern of recent years, the preceding winter rainfalls were above average followed by slightly drier conditions through spring. Warmer than average conditions through October and November promoted healthy canopies, good flowering and a healthy set of bunches. Very dry conditions through summer tested the growers to maintain good vineyard management practices and preserve vine health, and they were rewarded with perfect ripening and harvest conditions throughout March and early April. Vintage concluded with 30mm of rain in mid-April which refreshed the vineyards after the dry vintage. We believe 2018 will produce many exceptional wines, with Eden Valley Shiraz, in particular, appearing amongst the best in living memory. These wines display vibrant fruit and lifted aromatics combined with depth and intensity on the palate, without being heavy.

    The parcels of fruit were fermented separately in small stainless steel fermenters with submerged caps and twice daily pump overs. Some batches were left on skins for up to 2 weeks. Post ferment, the component wines were matured in oak for 15months, with 31% in new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300L) and the balance in 2, 3 and 4 year old hogsheads. We intend for the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow cellaring, under good conditions, for at least 10-12 years

    REGION
    Barossa Valley & Eden Valley, SA

    ALCOHOL: 14.5%

    VINTAGE: 2018

  • 95 Points - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review March 2020
    Entity 2018 is all about generosity and harmony. Dark berries and plum are perfectly integrated with savoury and sweet notes of spice, cedary French oak is woven through without any woody edges. The texture is almost unctuously smooth, flowing long and velvety with perfectly integrated tannins worked through seamlessly. Lovely Australian wine.

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    06/07/2019
    Anonymous
    Australia

    Amazing wine, fast delivery, great price!

    Thanks Covert Wine Co. I wanted to cellar this wine but was too excited and had one bottle to try it out. I wasn't disappointed - it is an amazing wine worthy of the accolades. I hope I have the patience to cellar the remainder of the case!