“My aim with Eligo is to produce a structured but elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz. A wine with restrained power, rich texture and palate length.” – John Duval
John Duval has been making wine longer than 80% of Bounty Hunter employees have been alive, getting his agriculture and winemaking degree in 1973 at Adelaide University. He joined Penfolds in 1986, and was head of winemaking there, responsible for making Grange until his departure in 2015.
So you might say Duval knows his way around the vine-lands of South Australia, with an inside line on the very best fruit sources. With this in mind he created John Duval wines in 2003.
Australian wine authority James Halliday rated this wine 97 points and said, “The massive difference in most of the best Barossa Valley shirazs of today compared to the wines of 20 years ago has been the adoption of French oak (not even a mix of French and American). It freshens the flavour profile, allowing the varietal fruit expression freedom to communicate its message. That said, this wine needs a decade, if not several, to reach its peak.”
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Eligo has pronounced black plum and blackberry preserves aromas over nuances of charcoal, grilled meat, earth, peppercorns and aniseed. Rich, ripe, concentrated and with firm, finely grained tannins on the palate, it has a taut backbone and great length.