"From Penfold's former winemaker, John Duval's debut release is the 2003 Plexus, a brilliant blend of Shiraz (46%), Grenache (32%), and Mourvedre (22%) that was aged in 30% new French oak. At present, there are only 500 cases of this stunning effort, but, hopefully, production will increase. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by an extraordinarily precise nose of flowers, blackberries, kirsch, licorice, and a hint of Provencal herbs. A pleasant smokiness and meaty richness also emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Opulent, full-bodied, stunningly pure, and dense as well as elegant and well-delineated, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-12 years. Kudos to John Duval."
Four generations of the Duval clan have been vignerons in South Australia. The inspiration of the Barossa Valley's old vine, low yielding Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre created Plexus, combining elements into a beautifully structured blend. Traditional winemaking practices and fifteen months in French oak barriques will ensure the age worthiness of this first ever release, ensuring a long cellar life.