TN: 2005 John Duval Wines Shiraz Eligo (Barossa Valley)

2005 John Duval Wines Shiraz Eligo - Barossa Valley (6/21/2009)
Ripe nose of chocolate, red fruit, and coffee with hints of cinnamon and tree bark. Rich and silky in the mouth without being massive. Has tannins but lots of silky fruit as well. Very tasty now. Should drink well for 8-10 years. Could improve further, but quite appealing now. (92 pts.)
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Ken - tell me more about the Eligo…all shiraz, a blend?

Only had the “Entity” Shiraz - which I’ve enjoyed. I believe it was 100% shiraz.

The bottle only mentions Shiraz, but the website says “Shiraz; with a small percentage of Cabernet (5%)”

Here is the Garagiste write-up. I bought only one bottle, have not popped it yet.

“Underneath a slightly smoky, toasty exterior lies an explosion of cherry, raspberry and black cherry fruit that’s wonderfully pure without being simple. The texture is creamy and lush without being unstructured or jammy, while the finish goes on and on. Drink now–2020.” WE-96 pts.

I’ve been waiting for a while to send this out and I finally have the green light this evening. If you are into the very top first-growth quality wines of the world, this is a new member in waiting and the wait is just about over.

John Duval spent 28 years at Penfold’s. He was responsible for 17 vintages of Grange - arguably some of the greatest vintages in the wine’s storied history. He knows just about everyone there is to know in the Australian wine trade - he knows just about everyone in the Barossa and where the very best small plots of fruit are grown. He searched for over ten years for the right fruit to make a new Grange, a wine better than Grange, made with minimal or no intervention…but the wine wasn’t for Penfold’s, it was for himself.

Duval’s other wines are quite good (Plexus and Entity) but this is Grange we’re talking about and this new wine had to be beyond the best of the best. He rejected lot after lot and vineyard after vineyard until he knew he found the one. He was aware that every critic would be comparing this to his best vintages of Grange and (now that the wine is in bottle), he’s quite sure that won’t be a problem - I think he knows what he’s talking about.

After choosing basket by basket and even bunch by bunch, the new Eligo was born (the word means “to choose”). The wine is simply amazing stuff and that’s all I will say. This is one of the more impressive wines I’ve tasted from Australia in the last 5-6 years - period. A new Grange? I think he’s actually done it. One of the US wine publications just rated this above Hill of Grace, Run Rig, Giaconda Warner and a bunch of others - in other words, this is no slouch.

The other interesting fact? Instead of going toe-to-toe at $250-350/bottle with Grange, he wants the wine to sell for around $100 in the US (certainly not cheap but less than the above mentioned Run Rig, Hill of Grace, et al). In a market where $150-175 would have been absorbed for a wine of this pedigree (due to the rarity alone) he didn’t take the easy money. Yes, $100 is a lot but he could have charged a lot more.

The Eligo is EXTREMELY LIMITED (retail allocations have initially been limited to 1 x 6-pack per retailer and very little is coming to the US)."

Thanks for the TN, I’ve enjoyed his Plexus and Entity.