John Duval Plexus 2005
Rhone Red Blends
from Barossa Valley, Australia
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
The 2005 vintage of Plexus is an intricately structured blend comprised
of rich and vibrant fruit from Barossa Valley's old, low yielding vines.
A true refection of Barossa's soil and climate, Plexus expresses a supple and silky mouth feel and a spicy, ripe red fruit finish. Intense and elegant, Plexus demonstrates an impressive concentration and structure with a seamless balance.
Traditional winemaking practices and sixteen months in French oak
barriques will ensure the age worthiness of this third release. Enjoy the
2005 vintage now or cellar it for 8-10 years to garner additional
"Bright ruby. Focused raspberry and cassis aromas, with sexy Asian spice and vanilla notes adding complexity. A suave, silky midweight, with pure red and dark berry flavors braced by racy acidity. I love the interplay of sweet, juicy fruit, supple tannins and understated oak. Finishes with the clarity, complexity and persistence of wines that cost three times the price. One of the greatest values in Australian wine today."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2005 Plexus is composed of 50% Shiraz, 34% Grenache, and 16% Mourvedre aged for 15 months in 17% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an enticing bouquet of cedar, spice box, tobacco, smoked meat and game, black cherry, and blueberry. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with lush, opulent fruit, mouth-filling flavors, and a seamless, forward style."
The Wine Advocate
"Smooth and round, this is polished in texture and ripe, with plum and blackberry fruit, hinting at creamy spices as the finish lingers. Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre."
"With only 10% new oak used for this cuvée, there’s just a hint of vanilla here; the aromas are dominated by black cherries and dusty spice notes. The flavors follow suit, picking up a bit of blueberry as well, delivered via a silky-textured palate. Finishes crisp, making it a good candidate with burgers or chops."
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