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John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre, Barossa Valley 2012 $37-$40 Very good value

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The former Penfolds chief winemaker hasn’t put a foot wrong since launching his own label in 2003. His reds are his strength, reflecting his Barossa Valley base. Plexus is usually the most charming and approachable of his reds in its youth and 2012 is a top vintage. The aromas are attractively spicy, clean and fresh while the palate is intense and well-balanced, with soft tannins and spicy red-fruit flavours. There are hints of aniseed and plum. The texture is smooth and fleshy; it’s medium to full-bodied and deliciously drinkable despite its youth. Enjoy now to 15 years. 14.5 per cent alcohol. 95/100 – Huon’s Wine 360

Food: steak and kidney pie, wiener schnitzel, lamb fillet with pesto

Stockists: Woollahra Hotel, Sydney. Decanters by the Bay, Melbourne. 

Ranked #1 of 36 2012 Shiraz Blend tasted from South Australia

Price Benchmark: $32.99
Avg 95pt 2012 Shiraz Blend tasted from Australia

Winery Rating: 95
Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

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