`Eligo` Barossa Valley Shiraz

Barossa Valley

John Duval

One of the world's great winemakers, John Duval was given the 'Grange' torch...

by Max Schubert and passed it on to his successor when he left Penfolds to start out on his own with the 2003 vintage, sourcing fruit from some long-time friends in the Barossa. His red wines - a Shiraz and a Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre blend - are sourced from old Barossa vines aged between 50 and 100 years old and showcase the best of the Barossa region. In 2010 he introduced a white Plexus wine to his range using traditional white Rhône varietals.

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Vineyards

Eligo represents the best of the 2010 vintage and is sourced from some excellent Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley regions.

Vintage Information

After a dry 2009 vintage the Barossa received its best winter rains for 5 years. The 2010 growing season started cool and mild, but in November experienced a week of unseasonal hot weather, resulting in reduced fruit set and yield for some red varieties, but Shiraz was largely unaffected. A good rain followed the heat, allowing vine canopies to recover. Temperatures through December and January were close to average. Veraison began slightly earlier in January, and with good vine balance, ripening was even and early. 2010 vintage was quite condensed and finished by the end of March.

Vinification

Fermentation took place with the cap submerged in small stainless steel fermenters. Some batches had up to two weeks on skins. The wine was matured in oak barrels for 20 months with 75% new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre) and 15% with two and three-year-old hogsheads.

Tasting Notes

Dense purple-red colour. The nose has lifted aromas of blackberry and blueberry, liquorice and dark chocolate. The palate is intense but restrained, showing excellent concentration of black fruit, spice and cedar. Structured but with tannin finesse, it finishes with a long palate staining finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker John Duval
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.6g/l
Wine pH 3.5