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2017 Entity Halliday’s Shiraz of the Year

At last night’s Halliday Wine Companion Awards held at the National Gallery in Melbourne, our 2017 ‘Entity’ Shiraz received the award for ‘Shiraz of the Year’. The 99 point rating placed the wine in elite company, and being named Best Shiraz propelled it to the pinnacle of wines made from Australia’s signature grape variety Shiraz. The award marks another highpoint for our family business, and positions John Duval Wines amongst the great names in Australian wine. It’s an achievement we are exceptionally proud of, especially so considering Entity was just one of over several thousand of Australia’s best wines featured in the 2020 James Halliday Wine Companion guide.

Since the 99 point rating made news earlier this year, demand for the wine has been overwhelming and we and our many retail partners have sold out. (However, there’s no denying a determined search may yield a few rare bottles here and there.) As news of this new award spreads, we no doubt will once again be inundated with requests to purchase 2017 Entity Shiraz, stocks of which are now limited to our museum reserves.

Entity is always a limited production wine, and unfortunately the amount we typically hold in reserve will be in no way sufficient to meet every request. We have therefore decided the most equitable way of allocating some of this wine destined for our museum is through a new feature of our JD Wine Club.

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Top Wineries of Australia 2019

We are pleased to confirm that John Duval Wines has again been selected by Huon Hooke and the team at The Real Review as one of the Top Wineries of Australia for 2019.  On the back of some fantastic recent reviews we came in at #56 (up 100 places from 156 in the 2018 edition).

The Real Review Certificate of Excellence is awarded to a select group of wineries that consistently produce excellent wine. Certificate recipients are determined by The Real Review’s proprietary algorithm, which takes into account the rating and recency of reviews by The Real Review team over the assessment period.

The full list makes for interesting reading and can be viewed here.


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2017 Entity – 99 pts James Halliday

We have been fortunate to recently receive a fantastic review of our 2017 Entity Shiraz. James Halliday scored it 99 points in his review in the Weekend Australia ‘Winter Warmers’ feature, commenting “From old vines in five districts, fermented with submerged cap, matured in French oak (32% new) for 15 months. Complex and rich from first whiff, it doesn’t waste a single berry of this great vintage. So much power, such elegance.” 

This is fantastic recognition for John’s 46 vintages of Shiraz winemaking in the Barossa.