Vintage 2010 98 Robert Parker Points!
Shiraz Barossa Eden South Australia
John Duval is one of the world's best known winemakers, heir to a distinguished family tradition of Shiraz growing which spans four generations. As a child he grew up amongst the vines and handled fruit that was earmarked for the great Penfold flagships, he worked alonside Max Schubert and spent sixteen years as Penfolds chief. Eligo is crafted to be a transcendent expression of Shiraz. A wine of restrained power, rich in texture and palate length, Eligo represents the best of vintage, sourced from excellent old vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys.
Since leaving Penfolds, Duval has consulted to a number of wineries in Australia, Europe and the Americas. He is a partner in the eminent Washington Long Shadows label and continues to apply four decades of winemaking skill to some of the best fruit in the world. Eligo is sourced from hand picked Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys, it represents the best of vintage. Parcels are inoculated in small fermenters, the caps are closely managed and kept submerged. Some batches are kept up to a fortnight on skins, others complete their ferments in completely new oak. The completed Eligo is matured twenty months in a selection of mostly new, fine grain 300 litres French oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Dense purple red colour. A youthful expressive nose of blackberry, blueberries and dark chocolate. Multi layered palate with vibrant dark fruit. Intense, a wine of restrained power, rich texture and palate length, impressive structure and intensity of fruit. Structured with tannin finesse, Eligo finishes on a long, palate staining finish.