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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
John Duval Entity Shiraz 2005
John Duval Entity Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 90111)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 96 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 24 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2007!

The 2005 vintage of Entity is an intricately structured wine comprised of rich and vibrant Shiraz fruit. A true reflection of Barossa's soil and climate, Entity displays deep color and distinctive structure. Intense and elegant, Entity expresses aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry and a hint of spice.

Traditional winemaking practices and eighteen months in French oak barriques will ensure the age worthiness of this second release. Enjoy the 2005 vintage now or cellar it for 10 years to garner additional complexity.

"A beautiful evocation of plum and blackberry balanced against a veil of creamy oak - but only a veil. It's the fruit that distinguishes the long, expressive finish. Shiraz. Best from 2009 through 2017."
Wine Spectator
94 Points

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About John Duval:

John Duval began his self-titled label in 2003. Duval graduated from Adelaide University in 1973 with a degree in agriculture and winemaking before becoming a winemaker for Penfolds for the next 29 years. Duval was appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986 and was lucky enough to oversee one of the most dynamic periods of change in the Australian wine industry. He received Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1989; Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London in 1991 and again in 2000; and saw the 1990 Penfolds Grange named the Wine of the Year by the prestigious US magazine Wine Spectator in 1995.

Duval focuses on fruit that comes from older vines in Barossa, including Rhone varietals, leading to one of his stellar ones, "Plexus."