One of the world’s great winemakers, John Duval was given the ‘Grange’ torch by Max Schubert, the man who created Australia’s most famous wine. John passed it on to his successor when he left Penfolds in 2003 to start his own label. He sources fruit from long-time friends in the Barossa, all of whom own vineyards with vines aged from 50 to 100 years old. The wines are made with minimal intervention and showcase the best of the Barossa.
The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Marananga and Ebenezer districts, the Grenache from Tanunda and Krondorf regions and the Mourvèdre from the Light Pass and Krondorf regions.
The 2015 vintage started with a warmer than usual spring followed by early, but even, flowering and fruit set. Frost, particularly in the Northern Barossa reduced yields however the conditions during fruit ripening were pleasingly mild and dry with rain in mid-January bringing some welcomed relief.
Fermentation was carried out with the cap submerged and in small open stainless steel fermenters. The wine was 100% barrel matured for 14 months, with just 10% in new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels). The remaining barrels were between three and six years of age.
This wine has been made using Shiraz 52%, Grenache 32%, Mourvèdre 16%.
This wine has a vibrant purple-red colour with attractive ripe red and black fruits aromas, which are complemented by savoury, spicy notes. On the palate, the wine has a good intensity of bright, plush blackberry fruit and Christmas cake flavours.