The 2005 Eligo is a vineyard selection; crafted from the finest blocks in the old-vine vineyards John contracts, it is a blend of fruit from both the Barossa and, cooler-profiled, Eden Valley. As per John's style, traditional, low-intervention winemaking is the focus. Submerged-cap fermentation takes place in small, stainless steel fermenters, with a small portion undergoing extended maceration for up to
two weeks to maximize color and flavor extraction and aid tannin modification. The wine is then aged in 100% French oak hogsheads, 2/3 new, for a period of 20 months.
During his 28 years winemaking with Penfolds, John Duval spent 17 at the helm as Chief Winemaker, custodian of Australia's most famous wine, Grange. It was during this tenure that John's passion for, and intimate knowledge of, the Barossa Valley and its old-vine fruit evolved. Forming relationships
with many of the region's pioneering families, John was able to hand-select the region's best fruit for Penfolds Grange, establishing it as the most iconic Australian red wine of its time.
Now, almost a half a century after establishing his roots in the Barossa, these long-standing
relationships with the region's fourth and fifth generation grape-growing families allow John to source such fruit for his own label, John Duval Wines. These wines convey his unique vision of the Barossa's potential, and doing so have gained international recognition for their finesse and polish. 5 years later, John Duval now unveils the wine that represents the pinnacle of his winemaking skill and unparalleled knowledge of Barossa's terroir: Eligo.
"Underneath a slightly smoky, toasty exterior lies an explosion of cherry, raspberry and black cherry fruit that’s wonderfully pure without being simple. The texture is creamy and lush without being unstructured or jammy, while the finish goes on and on. Drink now–2020. "
"Has great concentration and structure and, above all, length to its panoply of red and black berry fruit; both oak and tannins positive, but nonetheless in a support role."
Australian Wine Companion
"The 2005 Eligo is a vineyard selection that contains 95% Shiraz and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple-colored, it exhibits aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, espresso, licorice, blackberry, and blueberry. Opulent on the palate, it has gobs of fruit but narrows out slightly in the finish. For more than twice the price, it delivers no more pleasure than its two siblings."
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque purple. Vivid blackberry, cassis, violet and mineral scents offer superb definition and expand with air, picking up exotic incense and Asian spice qualities. Sharply focused red and dark berry fruit flavors stain the palate, with fine-grained tannins providing gentle support. The floral element gains strength on the finish, which features sweet raspberry and zesty minerals. A shiraz with outstanding balance and energy."
International Wine Cellar