Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa + Eden South Australia
John Duval knows about super premium Shiraz wines. He apprenticed under Max Schubert, his family supplied fruit and vines to Penfolds, and he was the chief winemaker behind the mighty Grange from 1986 to 2002. John Duval's aim with Eligo is to produce an elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz, a wine with restrained power, rich texture and palate length. It represents the best of his vineyard pick from 2005, a vintage which has been rated as excellent, coming off some favourable weather conditions and good vine balance.
Shiraz with a small percentage of 5% Cabernet, sourced from some excellent vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. John Duval should know excatly where they are, as his family has been growing wine grapes amongst the community of South Australia's land owners and growers for many years. Eligo represents the best of the John Duval 2005 vintage. Fermentation with submerged cap in small stainless steel fermenters. Some batches had up to two weeks on skins. 100% barrel matured for twenty months with 66% new fine grain French oak and the balance, one and two year old French oak 300 litre hogsheads. Some batches finished fermentation in new barrels. Alcohol 14.5%
Dense purple red. Perfumed nose, a concentration of dark fruits and fragrant oak. An explosion of black cherry, blueberry fruit with great purity and layered complexity. The texture is rich and creamy but has ample tannin structure for balance. The more subtle French oak was chosen to compliment the blackberry, blueberry fruit. An elegant, long finish.