2008 John Duval Shiraz Entity 1.5 L

Year: 2008
Appellation: Barrosa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 91--Jeremy Oliver: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"Bright and generous, not weighty, offering a ripe mouthful of blackberry, floral and mineral flavors, lingering on the crisp, refined finish. Impressive for its nicely etched flavor profile. Drink now through 2012. 1,000 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2008 Entity Shiraz has a deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of kirsch, creme de cassis, menthol, chocolate, anise, spices and tree bark. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied yet not overly alcoholic (14.5% declared alcohol), this is a seamlessly balanced Shiraz unfolding layers of pure dark berry and spice flavors in the long finish. Though approachable now, it should open further in a year or two and drink well to 2020+.

With 35 years in the winemaking business under his belt, nearly 30 of which were spent making Grange and developing the RWT label at Penfolds, John Duval is a bit of an Australian wine legend. And that was before he set out making his own wines in 2003. “After 35 years in the business, I know who the best growers are,” he informed me when we were discussing the sources for his fruit. He’s wasted no time laying his hands of some pretty amazing grapes to craft into his own style. Entity and Plexus are hot tips for labels to follow and currently sit at very sensible prices. In 2008 Duval started picking his Shiraz in early February, meaning his fruit was in before the heat-wave hit that year and it shows in these his very impressive reds." (WA)

"($40) Opaque purple. Blackberry, violet, licorice, bitter chocolate and Indian spices on the nose. Dense and sweet but with racy, integrated acidity energizing the dark fruit, floral pastille and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with sweet tannins and noteworthy freshness and length. Becomes spicier with air and already displays impressive complexity. (Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, CA)" (VM)

"Duval’s 2008 Entity boasts intense aromas of blackberries, vanilla and coffee, and those notes are echoed in its flavors. It’s full-bodied and creamy on the palate, gliding easily into a finely balanced finish, framed by just the right amount of tannin. Drink now–2018." (WE)

"This seamless, stylish and harmonious shiraz has a spicy floral fragrance of small black and red berries laced with white pepper, cloves and nutmeg with a seasoned background of slightly gamey oak. Supple and silky, its long, generous palate unfolds juicy layers of dark plums, berries and cherries underpinned by fine-grained tannins. An excellent effort from this vintage." (JO)

Winery Notes:
The 2008 vintage started with favourable flowering conditions, a nice surprise after the 2007 drought year. After a few hot days in December, January and February were relatively mild with excellent conditions for ripening. The vintage started with Shiraz from the Krondorf region on the 5th of February, four days earlier than 2007. By the end of February all of the best Shiraz blocks were harvested, which proved to be good timing avoiding the heat wave experienced in Southern Australia in early March.

A true reflection of Barossa’s soil and climate, Entity displays youthful dark fruits of blackberry and plum that combine with a hint of mocha and savory French oak. The long, rich palate is driven by concentrated dark fruit characters that are balanced by firm tannins, bright acidity and well integrated French oak that adds structure and polish to the wine.