John Duval Entity Shiraz 2020 | Stratospheric Quality from the Barossa Valley Master
John Duval Entity Shiraz 2020 presents a deeply pigmented, so purple it’s almost black. Jammy blackberry, blueberry, and pomegranate fruit spills forth from the glass, rounded out by notes of toast, licorice, vanilla, Mexican chocolate, and violets. Highly concentrated and dense, it feels richly appointed.
While velvety tannins add structure to juicy, black-fruit flavors. Hints of cocoa, toast and exotic spices add breadth and complexity, with everything tying together in an extravagantly long finish. Drink now–2035.
One. Single. Bottle. That’s what Aussie red wine lovers were limited to when they wanted to buy John Duval’s 2018 Entity Shiraz from the winery website. The restriction seems over the top—until you realize it’s completely necessary to keep the hoarders at bay.
Little “Grange” | The Last 6 vintages sold out bloody fast…
That’s because the past five of the past six vintages of Entity have earned 95, 96, 96, 97, and 99 points from Australian critic James Halliday, and last year even took down Henschke’s Hill of Grace to claim the title of Australia’s Shiraz of the Year.
With a track record like that—and a price that sits about 95% lower than that of the $600+ Henschke—a free-for-all would have predictable results: The wine would disappear in an instant, much of it then reappearing on the grey market for many times the price.
Sourced equally from Australia’s warm Barossa Valley and the cooler Eden Valley. As a result, the 2020 Entity boasts serious power and beautiful balance. Given 15 months to age in 25% new French oak, this wine developed equally exceptional structure and balance.
Pour a glass and it blossoms with a spellbinding assortment of dark berries, mocha, vanilla, and anise. It’s no less alluring on the palate, displaying a brilliant balance of blackberries and blueberries with baking chocolate and exotic spices.
Winemaker John Duval | Stratospheric quality and concentration
So, Winemaker John Duval spent 29 years at Penfolds, one of Australia’s most legendary wineries. While crafting each extraordinary vintage of Grange for seventeen years as head winemaker. Furthermore, a Shiraz bottling equaled only by the likes of Guigal’s Côte-Rôties and Michel Chapoutier’s Hermitage. In 2002, Duval left Penfolds to focus on his own small-production Shiraz — the most extraordinary of which is called “Entity.