Wine Advocate #192 Dec 2010 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2008 Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre is a decidedly Shiraz dominant version of this classic blend. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives an abundance of Indian spice aromas – cumin seed, fenugreek and cloves - over raspberry cordial, preserved blackberry, dusty earth, powdered cinnamon and moss covered tree bark. The full-bodied palate displays the elegance of this blend in its effortless harmony, offering a medium-high level of very fine tannins, crisp acid and ample opulent flesh with a long finish. Drink it now to 2018+. With 35 years in the winemaking business under his belt, nearly 30 of which were spent making Grange and developing the RWT label at Penfolds, John Duval is a bit of an Australian wine legend. And that was before he set out making his own wines in 2003. “After 35 years in the business, I know who the best growers are,” he informed me when we were discussing the sources for his fruit. He’s wasted no time laying his hands of some pretty amazing grapes to craft into his own style. Entity and Plexus are hot tips for labels to follow and currently sit at very sensible prices. In 2008 Duval started picking his Shiraz in early February, meaning his fruit was in before the heat-wave hit that year and it shows in these his very impressive reds.
- Country: Australia
- Wine Region: South Australia
- Wine Area: Barossa Valley
- Wine Maker: John Duval
- Grape: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre
- Grape Percentage: Shiraz 52%, Grenache 26%, Mourvedre 22%
- Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Now-2019
Deep crimson colour. On the nose aromatic red fruits are supported by vibrant plum. Earthy spice characters combine well with a touch of savoury oak. The palate is rich, round and full of concentrated, bright berry fruit. These flavours are supported by vibrant acidity and soft, ripe tannins. A touch of oak adds complexity and the finish is long and layered
Tasted Sept 2011 - Mid crimson. Complete and spicy and very southern Rhône like. Good grunt (not simple). About 50% Shiraz. Some really good old bushvine Grenache. Lots of blackberry compote.
Web only 2010 - Bright and jazzy, with a smoky edge to the tart blackberry and cherry flavors, picking up a licorice note on the finish. Has complexity and balance, and cellaring should bring it all together. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2012 through 2018. 1,000 cases imported. –HS
Jul/Aug 2010 by Josh Raynolds - Inky ruby. Expressive black raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by black and white pepper and incense. A floral note comes up air and carries onto the palate, joining sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors and undertones of anise and candied rose. A hint of candied flowers lingers on a very long, sappy finish. I'd have no problem drinking this now. For a wine from a ripe vintage this is quite elegant.
Fresh and alive mint and dense black fruit aroma. Some spicy, earthy opulence on the palate with beautiful freshness and length. Rich and plush style denoting terroir.
Purple-red; Barossa Valley blends of Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre seldom have the poise, conviction or richness of this wine; the flavours are multilayered yet not the least jammy, the tannins particularly good, the length all one can ask for.
There's plenty to like in this three-way blend, with classic red grenache fruits standing proud on the nose, some more dark-fruited shiraz below and a layer of sweet earth and spice that says 'Barossa'. The palate's supple and even - really nicely blended and approachable. I just feel the heat's kicked some of the vitality out of this. Nicely weighted, ripe tannins throughout. I his will drink well now and be an interesting prospect to age - expect meat and leather in a few years.
This slightly opaque dark ruby colored wine opens with an attractive black raspberry bouquet with a hint boysenberry and pomegranate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and very smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty blackberry with some gentle oak and black raspberry blended in. There was also a dash of black pepper detected. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are friendly. This very tasty Aussie red blend would pair perfectly with barbecue steak tips. Enjoy – Ken
The 2008 vintage started with favourable flowering conditions, a nice surprise after the 2007 drought year. After a few hot days in December , January and February were relatively mild with excellent conditions for ripening. My vintage started with Shiraz from the Krondorf region on the 5th of February, four days earlier than 2007. By the end of February I had all of my best Shiraz blocks harvested, which proved to be good timing to avoid the heat wave experienced in Southern Australia in early March. Fermentation with submerged cap in both traditional old open top tanks and small stainless steel fermenters. 100% barrel matured for 16 months. Some Shiraz finished fermentation in new oak. 10% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litres), balance; 3 years and older mostly French oak.