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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
John Duval Plexus 2009
John Duval Plexus 2009
(search item no. 109737)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep crimson purple-red. Plexus has a fragrant spice nose, combining aromatic red fruits and savory notes. On the palate, a flavorsome compote of red and black fruits with a variety of spices. Youthful fine tannins balance the rich fruit intensity. Subtle oak adds to the structure and complexity.

The aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavors from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have great cellaring potential for improvement in the bottle for at least 8-10 years.

Blend: 48% Shiraz, 31% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre

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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."