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Vintage Update – 9 March 2016

Vintage 2016 is well and truly in full swing at John Duval Wines. As this update goes to press, we will be picking Grenache and Mataro, with the last of our Eden Valley Shiraz ferments just kicking off.

The growing season was characterised by low winter and spring rainfall, which was followed by a hot spell in mid December. The warm weather continued through January, and was thankfully broken by almost 40 mm of rain in late January early February. The timing of this rain was perfect, particularly for a lot of our dry grown vines, who gratefully received a big drink.

Hand Picking Les Fenson’s Marananga Shiraz

Following the rain, the balance of the ripening season comprised warm days, but slightly cooler than average night temperatures, helping the vines to cope with the warm conditions. This February weather was fantastic for Shiraz, with our first Shiraz fruit harvested on Tuesday 9 February showing amazing colour and intensity.

We are also very impressed with the quality of Grenache for 2016, with the old bush vines coping particularly well with the warmer late February and early March conditions. Early signs point to very high quality and therefore a release of our premium Annexus Grenache, which we only make in exceptional years.

Hand picked Grenache from the ‘Dalwitz’ vineyard in Tanunda

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What’s New

The John Duval Wines team has expanded, with John’s eldest son Tim joining the business on 18 January. Tim comes to JDW after 6 years as a commercial lawyer in Adelaide, specialising in wine, agribusiness and hospitality transactions. Tim had a week to acclimatise himself with the business before the mad vintage rush commenced, and has been busy dividing his time between the vinyeard, winery and our ongoing marketing and sales activities.

Kate, John and Tim attending the Barossa Generations Lunch
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New Release Wines

We are pleased to release the following new wines :

2014 Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre – $40 / bottle

2014 Entity Shiraz – $50 / bottle

2013 Eligo Shiraz $120 bottle

Please refer to tasting notes in our shop section.

Vintage Report 2014

A dry late spring and hot start to summer was brought to a halt on Valentine’s day by significant rain and then cooler conditions for the remainder of vintage. Due to the dry, hot January, vintage started early with whites on the 11th of February but with the rain on the 14th reds were delayed until to end of February.

The 2014 Plexus is a generous wine with good intensity of bright, plush blackberry fruit and Christmas cake character. The 2014 has an appealing texture with soft tannin backbone.

The 2014 Entity is full bodied and generous with excellent concentration of blackberry fruit. This vintage has textured layers of fruit, balanced acidity and fine, long tannins will enable good cellaring potential.

Vintage Report 2013

The 2013 vintage story was all about the dry 2012 winter and spring leading into a warm to hot summer.  In the Barossa this always means low yields and an early start to vintage.  Vintage started with a rush on the 12th of February with some early Shiraz.

The 2013 Eligo is an elegant expression of dark fruit with concentrated layers of berry, earthy savouriness and smoked meat flavours. The 2013 is long and intense with excellent texture and balanced tannin structure.

Amazing 2016 Vintage colour from a Shiraz ferment