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Below is the July, 2007 Featured Wine for the Wines by Jennifer Cellar Club:

2005 John Duval "Plexus"


Barossa Valley, South Australia

2005 John Duval "Plexus" John Duval's goal with Plexus is to express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavors from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre, but also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. A low percentage of new oak adds complexity rather than dominating the berry fruit. Traditional, low-intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have great potential for improvement in the bottle under good cellaring conditions for at least 8-10 years.

Composition is Shiraz 50%, Grenache 34%, Mourvedre 16%. Shiraz grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Stockwell, Light Pass, Ebenezer and Marananga regions. Grenache grapes were sourced from 50-60 year old bush vines from Stockwell, Light Pass and the Rowland Flat regions. Mourvedre grapes were sourced from old bush vines, the oldest over 100 years old, from the Light Pass and Angaston regions.

The color is vibrant, deep crimson red-purple. The nose shows fragrant spices and combines an array of red fruits and subtle oak. The consistent palate yields a flavorsome compote of red fruits, black fruits and a variety of spices. Ripe, fine tannins and good concentration provide structure, length and a seamless balance.

Earlier vintages of Plexus have garnered terrific reviews and we expect more of the same from this latest Duval release.

South Australia Wine MapThe Barossa Valley is primarily known for its red wine, in particular Shiraz (Syrah). Other main grape varieties grown in the region include Riesling, Semillon, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also some fantastic fortified wines traditionally produced in the region.

The soil in the Barossa Valley varies considerably from deep sandy soils on the sloping areas to sandy loam and heavy red-brown clay soils on the flats.

This area has winter dominant rainfall with high summer evaporation. It is classified as being warm to moderately continental. Very hot weather in February and March can place stress on the vines at the end of the ripening cycle resulting in concentrated flavors.

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