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Jogn Duval Wines - Entity



James Halliday ReviewAWARDS + REVIEWS

Entity Overview and Philosophy

2016 Entity

97 Pts and Platinum Best in Show Decanter Asian Wine Awards 2018

97 Pts "Deeply coloured; this is at once full-bodied and legant, not a common marriage in young red wines with decades in front of them. The flavours are all black: blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, earth and licorice. The old vines have also provided ripe tannins, the whole theme resonating with oak a la Grange." James Halliday 2019 Halliday Wine Companion August 2018

95 Pts "Svelte, sturdy, plump, you name it. There's ample tannin here but the fruit sweeps through it. This is a ripping Barossa/Eden shiraz. As generous as it is refined; as neat as it is ribald. Blackberry, roasted plums, cloves, mint, dark chocolate and a rush of boysenberry. Both grunty and succulent. It's a beauty. Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front July 2018

4 1/2 Stars "An opulent, classic Barossa shiraz offering subtle suggestions of violets, seasoned new oak and dark chocolate in the bouquet. The tannins are beautifully polished and varietal flavour lingers on the finish." Lester Jesberg Wine Wise June 2018

2015 Entity

96 Pts "Matured for 17 months in French oak (35% new). Reflects - in the best sense - John Duval's long career as the chief architect of Grange. This brings together depth, texture and complexity to a palette (sic) of black fruits, ripe tannins and oak. It cries out for patience (as does Grange), and the greater your patience, the greater the reward. James Halliday 2018 Halliday Wine Companion August 2017

94 Pts "Deep red/purple colour, with a bouquet of smoky charred oak barrels, the palate full-bodied and rich, with ample chocolate and vanilla, toasty oak and a hint of coffee grounds. There are fruitcake flavours on the palate, which is full-bodied and deep, rugged and generously flavoured and structured. It will be best kept for a year or two, minimum. Preferably longer." Huon Hooke HuonHooke.com August 2017

94 Pts "Oak leads the wine in cedary-spicy scents, whiffs of coffee grounds, but I reckon that’s going to settle in just fine. Dark fruits, plums and berries, make up the rest of bouquet, with a smattering of seaweed-greenery character for good measure. The palate is all seduction, lush fruit flavours, opulent texture, smooth, broad tannins. The wine finishes with lingering sweetness and a dusting of perky spice. It’s pitch perfect, earlier drinking style in a sense, but should mature very well." Mike Bennie The Wine Front July 2017

2014 Entity

96(97)/100 "This is deep and glistening in that beguiling, tarry Barossa Valley way. Souk spicy. Potent forest berries and pips on the tongue, succulent, yet mouth-watering dustiness. There's a lightness and subtlety among all the intense fruit concentration. Has some style. Tim White The Australian Financial Review 29-31 July 2016

96 pts "Succulent, rich and powerful with predominantly black fruits and some spice. The hallmarks are its supple mouthfeel and effortless balance." James Halliday James Halliday's 2017 Wine Companion, August 2016

94 pts "2014 was not the easiest season in the Barossa, making standous all the more laudable. The elegant mood of the season lifts John Duval's style to a new plane. There is brightness and definition here without compromising depth of black cherry and black plum fruit. Finely structured, confident tannins and tangy acidity support an excellent finish of black fruit integrity and lifted fruit presence." Tyson Stelzer Barossa Living September 2016 

93 pts "Toasty shiraz. Blackberried and boysenberried at once; oomph and lift. Floral. Spicy. Grainy. A little coffeed. And earthen. It's a wine of vineyards and coopers. Acidity sits reasonably high but there's a crystallised sweetness to it; the acid doesn't jut or poke, it helps enliven the darkness of the fruit. I wasn't bowled over but it's a faultless wine." Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front June 2016

92 pts "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Entity Shiraz reveals crushed blackberries and blackcurrants on the nose with hints of dried Provence herbs, garrique, eucalypt and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivered mouth-filling black fruits and peppery flavors with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with a spicy lift." Lisa Perrotti-Brown The Wine Advocate June 2016

2013 Entity

95 pts “Allow this time to breathe and it spreads its wings impressively. It tastes of dark, sweet-centred blackberry, chocolate mocha and ground spices but the way it combines freshness and depth is the thing; and then there’s the way guy ropes of flavour-packed tannin stake a deep hold, keeping everything in place both now and long into the future. James Halliday Top Cellaring Selections April 2015

94 pts “Very deep red/purple colour, very young and bold. The bouquet is all about black plum and dark chocolate, while the palate is essency and rich, sweetly super-ripe and succulent, with massive tannins bringing up the rear.” Huon Hooke www.huonhooke.com July 2015

93 pts “From old vineyards throughout the Barossa floor and Eden Valley, Entity is a deeply-coloured, sumptuously fruited shiraz of layered spice and lingering black fruit appeal. It’s elegantly supported by one-third new French oak, contributing subtle dark chocolate to a long, liquorice-accented finish. Fine, well-structured tannins promise medium-term potential.” Tyson Stelzer Barossa Living 2015

92+ pts "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Entity Shiraz is profoundly scented of crushed blackberries and wild blueberries with star anise, chocolate box, menthol and violets in the background. The ripe, seductive, medium to full-bodied palate is still quite youthful but open for business with velvety tannins and a lively lift to the long pepper and black berry laced finish." Lisa Perrotti-Brown The Wine Advocate June 2016

92 pts "This is an earthy, savory style of Shiraz, with modest berry and plum fruit wrapped into a blanket of firm but silky tannins. Ample length and structure separates this from the rest of the pack." Joe Czerwinski Wine Enthusiast October 2016

2012 Entity

96 pts Australia’s best reds – 30 under £30 from the superlative 2012 vintage “For me, the best edition of this well-crafted Shiraz.  The nose is ripe and mellow, with layers of rich blackberry and plum.  There’s a wealth of spice and soulful, earthy depth and a smoky, tarry edge too.  The palate is smoothly honed, with a dense mid-palate that offers bright blackberry and plum flavours.  Deceptively sturdy tannins carry hauntingly throughout and merit considerable cellaring if you can manage to keep your hands off it.” Nick Stock Decanter Magazine July 2014

96pts “Former Grange maker John Duval sources fruit for Entity from the Krondorf and Greenock sub-regions of the Barossa Valley and a portion from the elevated, cooler Eden Valley to the east.  The combination yields a vibrant shiraz in the generous, sweet-fruited Barossa style, but with an elegant structure and drink-now appeal.  The supple, juicy fruit flavours incorporate the spice, savouriness and fine structural tannins of high quality fine-grained French oak.  Entity provides extraordinarily satisfying drinking now.  But the sheer freshness of the fruit and solid underlying tannin structure suggest a long and lovely evolution with bottle age. Chris Shanahan September 2014

95 pts “Yes! I love this wine. It’s true to its Aussie roots, but shows beautiful Rhonestyle, with blackberry, blueberry, citrus zest, mild pepper, light herb notes and deep, rich oak spice in both aroma and flavour profiles, with an incredibly long mouth watering finish. This could pair with just about any meat – red or white. Delicious!” Michael Apstein 2014 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

94 pts “Richness in perfume, wholesome red and black current fruit, warm and spiced, some leather and licorice in the mix too.  Lovely scents. Glide and slide across the palate, but not formless, holding a tension from fine sheets of tannin and crisp acidity.  Mouthwatering to finish.  Feels elegant.” Mike Bennie The Wine Front June 2014

93 pts “Inky ruby. Explosive smoke and spice accented boysenberry and black current aromas show an exotic floral nuance and suggestions of licorice and allspice.  Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering sweet dark fruit flavour and a bracing jolt of peppery spices.  Finished energetic, focused and pure, with silky tannins and a late touch of candied flowers.  As attractive as this shiraz is right now, I'd give it at least another five years of bottle aging before digging in.” Josh Raynolds  Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar August 2014"

Black as the night with licorice, spice and fruit layers to write home about.  Quintessentially sensual." The Adelaide Review - Hot 100 South Australian Wines 2013 /2014.

93 pts “Deep red / purple colour.  Bright, fresh, clean black fruit aromas, with hints of kirsch or cherry brandy.  The palate is full bodied, rich and well concentrated, elegantly formed, dry with ample fine tannins and good length.  Taut and compact in the mouth.  A superb wine with lots of potential.” Huon Hooke June 2014.

92 pts “Fresh and vital, with expressive flavours of dark plum and spice on an open texture, coming together with intensity and grace on the finish against a light blanket of tannins.  Drink now through 2022” Harvey Steiman January 2015

2011 Entity

92 pts "Fresh black and blue fruits on the nose and palate, with peppery spice and floral notes adding complexity.  Lithe and precise, with strong lift and back-end cut. Picks up a smoky quality with air and finished sweet, seamless and long.  Approachable now, especially with an hour or so in a decanter. Josh Raynolds The International Wine Cellar July 2013

90+ pts "Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Entity Shiraz is attractively scented of crushed blackberries, red plums and mulberries with underlying Szechuan pepper and Provencal herb hints.  Medium to full-bodied, it has a good concentration of red and black berry flavours in the mouth marked by an herbal streak and a vibrant acid backbone.  It finishes long and chewy."  Lisa Perrotti-Brown  Robert Parker Wine Advocate, March 2014.

2010 Entity

"One of my picks of the tasting, with an increased percentage of Eden Valley fruit this has a delightful, vibrant peppery riff to its elegant black fruit.  The palate is polished and persistent.  Very classy indeed, with masterful use of oak; stacks up very well against the competition price-wise too." Sarah Ahmed  The Wine Detective October 2013

95 pts "Scented of blueberries, mulberries and Chinese dried plum with vanilla pod, dark chocolate, cedar, violet and fruit cake nuances.  The full-bodied wine is densely packed with black berry preserve and baking spice flavours, has a refreshing acid line to add lift and medium to firm levels of rounded tannins.  It has a long length with some oak poking through on the finish."  Lisa Perrotti-Brown  Robert Parker Wine Advocate, March 2013.

95 pts "A wine of gravitas - generous, fleshy and smooth.  Really superb texture! Seriously good wine and lots of cellar potential." Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald July 2012

93 pts "Glass-staining purple. Black raspberry, cassis, mocha and Indian spices. Concentrated and expansive, offering intense dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied violet. Shows an impressive marriage of power and finesse, with no rough edges. Lively, fresh and very persistent on the finish, with silky tannins providing shape and grip." Josh Raynolds The International Wine Cellar July 2012

Matthew Jukes Best 100 Wines "Welcome back Mr Duval, we've been waiting for you.  I always enjoy John's wines because there is a sheen to them which makes them so appealing. In 2010 there is also some grunt and more spice overlaying the chocolate, plum and mulberry theme and it is these extra elements which have caught my eye. If you enjoy grandiose, Le Mans-style cruising then this is the wine for you." Matthew Jukes July 2013

95 pts “Deep, dark colour of good hue. Big, rich, ripe aromas, Vanilla, toasty, charred-barrel notes with a lick of caramel. Very luscious, full-bodied, dense and softly opulent. Nice texture and density, a wine of gravitas. Generous, fleshy and smooth. Really superb texture! Seriously good wine and lots of cellar potential.” Huon Hooke www.huonhooke.com July 2012

2009 Entity

96 pts “Crimson-purple; the perfumed bouquet proclaims the class of the wine, it’s array of blackberry, plum and spice fruit duly delivered on the medium-bodied palate; silky tannins and quality oak complete the picture.”
James Halliday, 2012 The Wine Companion

94 pts "Warm cassis, crushed blackberries and black cherries over a spicy undercurrent of nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and anise." Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parker's Wine Advocate February 2012

94 pts “Deepish red-purple; slightly pongy reductive aroma, which cleaned up; some spices too. Leanish, medium-weight and gentle, subtle, refined. Lovely balance and drinkability; elegant and while not very concentrated, it’s intense and has great poise. Beautifully seamless and fine in structure and texture. Soft easy-drinking: really lovely to drink right now.” Huon Hooke www.huonhooke.com July 2011

93 pts “Bright purple. Black raspberry, cherry and violet on the nose, complicated by bitter chocolate, minerals and cracked pepper. Juicy and precise, with strong spicy lift to its red berry compote flavors. Not an overly rich style of shiraz, but offers a silky texture and serious depth of flavor. Finishes long, with fine-grained tannins and lingering red fruit and pepper notes.”
Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – New York July 2011

Nick Stock WINE 100 – June 2011

2008 Entity

94 pts “The 2008 Entity Shiraz has a deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of kirsch, creme de cassis, menthol, chocolate, anise, spices and tree bark. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied yet not overly alcoholic (14.5% declared alcohol), this is a seamlessly balanced Shiraz unfolding layers of pure dark berry and spice flavors in the long finish. Though approachable now, it should open further in a year or two and drink well to 2020+.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate December 2010.

96 pts “For those who picked before the heat the vintage was excellent, and former Grange winemaker John Duval needed no prompting. Intense, dark purple-crimson; a highly expressive, complex bouquet of black fruits, liquorice and oak is followed by a full bodied palate that is savoury rather than jammy, with notes of dark chocolate.”
James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines, The Weekend Australian Magazine, November 2010.

96 pts “Intense, dark purple-crimson; a highly expressive and complex bouquet of black fruits, licorice and oak is followed by a full-bodied palate that is savoury rather than jammy, notes of dark chocolate joining the black fruits. A 30-year future is conservative. Screwcap.”
James Halliday, The Wine Companion 2011 – July 2010

93 pts “Opaque purple. Blackberry, violet, licorice, bitter chocolate and Indian spices on the nose. Dense and sweet but with racy, integrated acidity energizing the dark fruit, floral pastille and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with sweet tannins and noteworthy freshness and length. Becomes spicier with air and already displays impressive complexity. ”
Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - 16th July 2010

Gold Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 – London

94 pts “The 2008 Entity Shiraz has a deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of kirsch, creme de cassis, menthol, chocolate, anise, spices and tree bark. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied yet not overly alcoholic (14.5% declared alcohol), this is a seamlessly balances Shiraz unfolding layers of pure dark berry and spice flavors in the long finish. Though approachable now, it should open further in a year or two and drink well to 2020+.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parkers, The Wine Advocate – December 2010

2007 Entity

94 pts “Delicious and finely honed Barossa shiraz set for drinking now. Sweet, juicy and slightly jammy aromas of blackberries, blueberries, redcurrants and blood plums are backed by creamy, vanilla and chocolatey oak plus undertones of cinnamon and cloves. Sumptuous and juicy, it’s long, vibrant and silky-smooth, delivering sweet flavours of berries and plums, tightly knit with aromatic and slightly gamey, mocha-like oak. It finished with lingering nuances of chocolate, licorice and mint.” Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2010

94 pts “A fragrant bouquet and high-toned palate, quality oak an essential part of the wine; an almost European restraint in its make-up.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010

93 pts “Dark berries, iron, Asian spices and cracked pepper on the nose. Silky in texture, offering sweet blackcurrant and blueberry flavors and supple tannins. Turns livelier with air, taking a turn to zestier red fruits while retaining power. Strikingly pure and juicy, with excellent finishing clarity and a strong echo of raspberry fruit.” Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

92 pts “John Duval Entity Shiraz spends 17 months in French oak prior to bottling. In 2007 it’s turned out a soft, harmonious wine with an easy-going sense of structure.
Its alcohol tip-toes close to showing too overtly, without ever over-stepping the mark. A sign of careful grape-growing and making. It tastes juicy, tarry, ripe but not overly sweet. I like the profile of it, though there’s a saltiness on the finish that again walks close to the line. Lovely balance of fruit and tannin and acid. Lovely line through the finish. Needs another year or two in the bottle, after which it should drink smoothly and well.” Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, October 5 2009

92 pts “Firm, focused and juicy, with orange peel¿scented cherry and spice flavors, this feels like it's holding something back despite the generosity of flavor. Lingers well against fine tannins.” Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, September 2009

2006 Entity

94 pts, "The 2006 Entity is a 100% Shiraz cuvee exhibiting a bit more restraint than the Plexus. It presents an aromatic array of smoke, pepper, Asian spices, tar, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is full-bodied, smooth-textured, deep, and intensely flavored but not over the top. Its impeccable balance should permit 5-7 years of additional cellaring and it should offer prime drinking from 2014 to 2028. It, too, is a superb value.” Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2009

Tri Nations Wine Awards 2009 - Equal top wine in Australian Shiraz Category

Trophy - Best Barossa Valley Red - International Wine Challenge, London, 2008

Gold - International Wine Challenge, London, 2008

Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2008

96 pts "Has achieved the density of fruit to guarantee a 30-year life without the least hint of overripe fruit or alcohol heat; perfect balance and integration of fruit, oak and tannins, the work of a master. James Halliday 2009 Australian Wine Companion

93 pts "Pungent dark berry and candied cherry aromas are complicated by smoked meat, licorice and Asian spices. Powerful and deep in dark berry flavours, but almost shockingly lithe and precise, displaying fresh raspberry and blueberry on the back. An undercurrent of juicy acidity contributes lift and precision, and helps to extent the finish. This terrific shiraz offers a deft balance of finesse and depth, not to mention impressive finishing clarity and cut." Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July, 2008

92 pts, Wine of the Day "Juicy and lively, brimming with blackberry, currant and subtle spices, remaining fresh and brilliant through the long, persuasive finish. The tannins are crisp but well-integrated. Drink now through 2018. Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator Online, October 28, 2008

92 pts “Deep red purple. Vanilla chocolate and plummy nose, earth and development, not too primary or simplistic. Palate is rich and super ripe with licorice, black-olive flavours, deep and plush, rich and luxurious. Nice balance and softness, drinkability but also plenty of weight.” Huon Hooke www.huonhook.com June 2006

James Halliday's Top 100 2008

2005 Entity

#24 Wine Spectator Top 100 2007, 94pts.

95 pts "Harmonious fruit, alcohol and oak handling; very considerable length; old vine fruit has soaked 17 months in French oak. High-quality wine."
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2008

93 pts "Full-bodied yet surprisingly elegant, this Shiraz has superb balance, great depth, layers of flavour, and a very long, pure finish. It will surly evolve for 6-8 years but few will be able to delay their gratification."
Jay Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 31, 2007

93 pts "Lush and velvety, but with bright minerality giving the dark berry flavours remarkable vivacity. Fills out with air, picking up deeper espresso and high-octane chocolate notes. But this is all about fresh, energetic, pure fruit. Finishes on a bright, nervy note of berry skin, with superb length.
Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July 2007


Best Shiraz and Best Red Wine - Penguin Wine Awards

97 Points "A wonderfully concentrated, yet elegant statement of Barossa Shiraz, this wine is all class. Aromas of stewed plums, berries, spice, polished new leather, cedar and wood smoke are deliciously complex. All is harmony in the mouth too, with velvety texture, persistent flavour, seamless structure and a super-long finish." Huon Hooke + Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide, 2007

95 Points "Deep colour; full-bodied, but supple and smooth; concentrated blackberry and plum with seamless oak and fine tannins; great length."
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2007

95 Points "Voluptuous, full-bodied multi-layered texture and finish suggest this brilliant Shiraz should drink beautifully for 12-15+ years."
Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate, October, 2006

92 Points "Vibrant blackberry and plum flavors, broad and generous."
The Wine Spectator, September, 2006

93 Points "This has remarkable clarity and precision for its depth and intensity of flavour, with a juicy quality that carries through the long, potent finish. A fabulous combination of power, weight, sweetness and focus, not to mention a stunning bargain for the quality.
Stephen Tanzers' International Wine Cellar, July/August 2006

94 Points "You can see ex-Grange man John Duval leaning more comfortably against his traces with this second release of his own home brand. The wine's stunning: blackberries and cream bouquet; unreal texture and weight; marvellous balance and finesse; elegant yet forceful and authoritative. Its old vine Barossa at its best. Osso bucco with black olive sauce."
Philip White, The Adelaide Advertiser, April 5, 2006