`Entity` Barossa Valley Shiraz

Barossa Valley

John Duval

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.

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Shiraz fruit was sourced from some of the oldest vineyards in the Krondorf, Tanunda, Light Pass and Eden Valley regions of the north and east Barossa.

Vintage Information

2014 saw a fiery start to the vintage, with one of the warmest summers since 1908. Fortunately, mid-February brought 90 millimetres of rain which refreshed all the vines and brought all of the fruit back into superb balance. The next eight weeks saw the most temperate, sublime autumn harvest weather seen for many years.


Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity. Fermentation was with submerged cap in small stainless steel fermenters. The wine underwent 100% barrel maturation for 15 months, with a third in new fine grain French oak and the balance in two, three and four year old French oak hogsheads (300 litres).

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby with a purple glint. Attractive blackberry and plum aromatics, complemented with some savoury spice. On the palate, the Entity is full bodied and generous, with layers of dark berry fruit and youthful balanced tannins. Very pure and mouth filling, with ample structure and great ageing potential.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker John Duval
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.56g/l
Wine pH 3.49