John Duval Eligo Shiraz 2005 Front Label
John Duval Eligo Shiraz 2005 Front Label

John Duval Eligo Shiraz 2005

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Winemaker Notes

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.

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Wine Enthusiast
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.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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John Duval is one of Australia's most highly regarded winemakers. Raised on a South Australian farm with three generations of grape growers before him, his vinous path was fated. However, it was during his 28-year tenure with Penfolds that his passion for the famed Barossa Valley flourished. As Chief Winemaker and custodian of Australia's most famous wine, Grange, he was instrumental in establishing Penfolds as one of the world's great wineries. His accolades include being named UK Wine and Spirit Competition's International Winemaker of the Year, Red Winemaker of the Year (twice) and receiving Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year award. In 2003, John embarked on his own label, John Duval Wines, inspired by the best of the Barossa Valley's low-yielding, old vine vineyards. With a deft touch he crafts intense wines that are as complex and distinctive as the diverse terroir of his treasured Barossa Valley.

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds. While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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