Duval 2007 Plexus – GSM is Featured Wine on Wine Shopper

Last week I wrote about why I enjoy GSM wines so much, and today, I got an e-mail notice from Wine Shopper (easy to subscribe) about an outstanding GSM (Grenache, Syrah/Shiraz, Mourvedre) blend getting 92/93 ratings, that they are selling for the next 5 days at $24.97.  I haven’t tried this one, but it sounds like everything I’d want in a GSM.

WineShopper Notes

Truly an exceptional and collectible bottle of wine at an amazing price. As Robert Parker states, “Former Penfolds’ winemaking guru, John Duval, continues to demonstrate a brilliant touch with French oak-aged Shiraz.” The 2007 Plexus is Duval’s interpretation of a Rhone style blend crafted from some of the top vineyards in Barossa. In this wine he aims to show the wide spectrum of red fruit flavors, combined with impeccable structure and seamless balance. Here’s your chance to try a great wine from one of the top winemakers in the world – limited availability.
–Jonathan Hoehn, Senior Buyer


Critical Acclaim

93 Points
James Halliday
“Bright, but light, colour; a fragrant bouquet of red fruits is replicated on the light- to medium-bodied palate, backed by gossamer fine, savoury tannins.”92 Points
The Wine Advocate
“The 2007 Plexus Grenache (28%)-Shiraz (51%)-Mourvedre (21%) was aged for 16 months in predominantly seasoned French oak. It is dark ruby-colored with a perfumed nose of cedar, tobacco, lavender, kirsch, and black cherry. Velvety-textured, rich, and concentrated, it is packed with flavor, is impeccably balanced, and will drink well for a decade. ”

92 Points
International Wine Cellar
“Deep ruby-red. Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas display a striking southern Rhone-like character, with complicating notes of dried flowers, spicecake and minerals. Juicy and smooth, with sweet red berry flavors and gentle tannins. The finish is brisk, gently sweet and long. No way I’d have guessed that this came from a drought year. Ninety percent of this wine was raised in five- or six-year-old French hogsheads, the rest in new casks.”


Winemaker Notes

The 2007 vintage of Plexus is an intricately structured blend comprised of rich and vibrant fruit from Barossa Valley’s old, low yielding vines. A true refection of Barossa’s soil and climate, Plexus expresses a combination of lifted aromatic red fruits with a touch of savory spice and subtle oak. On the palate, red and black fruit combine with layers of spice. Intense and elegant, Plexus demonstrates ripe, fine tannins, an impressive concentration, and a seamless balance. Traditional winemaking practices and fifteen months in French oak barriques will ensure the age worthiness of this fourth release. Enjoy the 2007 vintage now or cellar it for 8-10 years to garner additional complexity.


About John Duval

John Duval began his self-titled label in 2003. Duval graduated from Adelaide University in 1973 with a degree in agriculture and winemaking before becoming a winemaker for Penfolds for the next 29 years. Duval was appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986 and was lucky enough to oversee one of the most dynamic periods of change in the Australian wine industry. He received Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1989; Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London in 1991 and again in 2000; and saw the 1990 Penfolds Grange named the Wine of the Year by the prestigious US magazine Wine Spectatorin 1995.Duval focuses on fruit that comes from older vines in Barossa, including Rhone varietals, leading to one of his stellar ones, “Plexus.”

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