John Duval Annexus Grenache 2017 (3-pack)

John Duval Annexus Grenache 2017 (3-pack)

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“The wine is bright mid cherry red in colour and, like the best grenache, does not jump out of the glass – it’s very reserved and understated, teasing the tasting deeper into its trance. Almost pinot noir-like in its silky style, this has so much class and will age well, if you can keep your hands off it.” – Angus Hughson, GT WINE, 95 Points

The inspiration from the Barossa’s best old vine Grenache vineyards created Annexus, an addition to our Plexus blend. It is a small selection from our best old low yielding, Grenache Vineyards.

Grenache was sourced from two very old, low yielding vineyards, 90% from an Eden Valley ancestor vineyard over 150 years old and 10% from bush vines in the Northern Barossa Valley.

Fermentation occurred in a small open top fermenter incorporating a small number of whole bunches.

100% barrel matured for 12 months, in older French oak hogsheads (300 litres).

The growing season was characterised by plentiful early rains and then record rainfall for September of 162 mm, welcome relief after a few lean years. Summer saw very few extreme heat days, with temperatures being below the long-term average. These conditions produced a later start to vintage, and flavour coming in at lower Baume. This is a vintage of fruit brightness, lovely supporting acidity and softer tannins.

Vibrant ruby red.

Savoury herb and spicy fruit aromatics opening to reveal bright red cherry and rose.

Fine boned in structure, with fresh raspberry and purity of red fruits, schisty minerality finishing with fine dusty tannins.