Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre Barossa South Australia
Excellent Langtons Classified. John Duval's aim with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre, but also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. A low percentage of new oak adds complexity without dominating the berry fruit. Grenache is sourced from old bush vines fifty to sixty years of age from the Stockwell, Light Pass and Krondorf regions. Mourvedre is collated from old bush vines, some over a century old, grown to precious little sites in the Light Pass and Krondorf regions.
John Duval was Penfolds chief winemaker for many years, his family provided Penfolds with wine grapes and rootstock which was planted to the distinguished Magill Estate Vineyard. Old vine Shiraz 51%, Grenache 28% and Mourvedre 21% treated to traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques, allowing the wine to be approachable in it's youth, but also have great potential for improvement in the bottle under good cellaring conditions. Vinified with submerged cap in old open top tanks and small steel fermenters. Barrel matured for sixteen months in 10% new fine grain French 300 litre oak hogsheads, the balance in older mostly French oak. Some Shiraz finished fermentation in new oak. Alcohol 14.5%
Colour is a vibrant, deep crimson red purple. A combination of lifted aromatic red fruits with a touch of savoury spice, and subtle complexing oak. Youthful aromatic red and black fruits combine well with an array of spices. Shiraz and Mourvedre provide good backbone tannins and structure, which is balanced by the aromatics and softness of Grenache. Good depth of flavour, without being heavy or over-ripe.