Shiraz Barossa South Australia
John Duval's aim with Entity is to produce a wine that's completely true to the Barossa Valley, the variety and growing season. 2007 was a more challenging vintage, with ongoing drought conditions and frost effects reducing yields and resulting in a very early start to vintage. The first Shiraz was picked nearly three weeks earlier than average. Some Eden Valley Shiraz has ben added this year to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. The more subtle French oak was chosen to compliment the ripe blackberry, blueberry fruit.
Shiraz from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Marananga, Tanunda, Light Pass and Eden Valley regions of the Barossa Valley. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle under good cellaring conditions. Fermentation with submerged cap in both traditional old open and small steel fermenters. Barrel maturation for seventeen months with 30% new fine grain French oak and the balance two, three and four year old French and American oak 300 litre hogsheads. Some batches finished fermentation in new barrels. Alcohol 14.5%
Colour is a dense ruby purple. The bouquet offers youthful dark fruits of blackberry and plum in combination with the subtle French oak. A well structured palate with good concentration of pure Barossa dark fruit. Long and rich, balanced by savoury supporting tannins. Quality French oak adds polish to the dark fruit, and allows the old vineyards to show through.