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Annexus Overview and Philosophy 

2016 Annexus Grenache

94 pts "Exquisite grenache. Fruit driven at heart but spicy and svelte to boot. Drinking it, to steal a line from Bonnie Tyler, is like living in a powder keg and giving off sparks. It runs a smooth line of flavour from start to finish but keeps flinging tangents of flavour here and there as it goes. Excellent." Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front July 2018 

5 Stars "This is definitely not the typical Turkish delight Barossa grenache. The dark berry/raspberry fruit carries very pleasing complex notes that the French sometimes refer to as garrigue (herbs of Provence). The tannins are super-fine on the palate that is sumptuous but not heavy. A very special grenache. Lester Jesberg Wine Wise June 2018

2015 Annexus Grenache

95+ pts "Power, grace, finesse, flavour, tannin-structure, deliciousness, drinkability. Couldn’t ask for more. This is as elegant and seamless a grenache I have seen from Australia. Fine web of tannin gives additional succulence to cool, even, medium weight red fruit and spice flavours. Epic in length, total restraint, pure-feeling and energetic. It’s beautiful wine here. Utterly. Mike Bennie The Wine Front July 2017

95 pts "It combines ripe, red plums with vanilla from oak, had good overall balance and finishes with frim tannins. Liquorish allsorts, raspberry jubes and pomegranate aromas with star anise and fresh fennel seed" Gourmet Traveller Wine Tasting Pannel Gourmet Traveller Wine August/September 2017

94+ pts "Made from 100% Grenache, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 Annexus has a seriously intense perfume of crushed cherries and black raspberries with roses and violets plus suggestions of anise, cinnamon stick and dark chocolate. The rich, powerful, concentrated palate sports beautifully velvety tannins with great freshness and a very long, peppery finish." Lisa Perrotti-Brown The Wine Advocate November 2016

92 pts "Distinctive, with cumin and caraway seed aromas that add a level of aromatic complexity to the dense, mineral-laced wild blackberry flavors. Shows plenty of concentration on the finish. Drink now through 2030." MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator June 2017

2013 Annexus

95 pts “From old vine Grenache vines. Spends a year maturing in old French oak barrels. From John Duval, who knows his way around a Barossa Valley red wine, or two. A new release (well, released some time ago, but first release of this wine).

Rich, mahogany and spice meets dark plum, anise, leather, earth – quite the impact in the very fragrant bouquet. Succulent texture, shows richness of dark fruits and spice, rolls long and well through the mouth to a gently chewy, very spicy finish. Has superb balance of weight, ripe fruit, tannin, oak. Serious feeling wine but still has freshness and drinkability on its side. Serious grenache done so well. Mike Bennie December 2015 

95 pts “Intense red and black-berried flavours, sweet but not confected and with layer after layer of savoury spice, tannin and assorted other delights. Terrific Grenache, Smoky, almost gravelly aftertaste. Length.” James Halliday Wine Companion 2016

91 pts “Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Annexus has a nose of kirsch, red roses and raspberry preserves with hints of clove studded orange peel and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied with great freshness and purity, the palate delivers loads of red berry preserves and spice flavors with velvety tannins to texture the long finish.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown The Wine Advocate June 2015

The Adelaide Review “Notes of spice and dried citrus rind with flashes of raspberry and jasmine top-notes underscore dark cherry, berry and juicy plummy fruits on the nose. The inclusion of 20 percent whole-bunches opens this baby right up with the palate displaying precision and a spacious feel as it slips across the tongue. Beautifully weighted at the lower-end of medium-bodied the wine finishes with great poise and balance, a gentle tug of fine, ripe tannin and perfect tension between pure Grenache fruit and stony acidity. A stunning debut.” Dave Brookes July 2015

4.5/5 Stars “At first sniff I realised this was no ordinary Grenache. There’s no sweet confectionery character here. The bouquet is all brambly and complex, with eye-opening depth and intensity. Although richness of flavour comes to the fore on the palate, it’s the savoury dryness that sets this wine apart.” Lester Jesberg June 2015