John Duval Wines
Entity Shiraz 2017

John Duval Entity Shiraz

John Duval Entity Shiraz 2017

John Duval is among Australia's most illustrious winemakers. As many will know, he was at Penfolds for 29 years from 1974, becoming Chief Winemaker in 1986 and leaving to set up John Duval Wines in 2002. He was the third, after Max Schubert and Don Ditter, to have responsibility for Grange, and is also the man behind RWT Shiraz, Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon and several other Penfolds wines. He was named International Winemaker of the Year in 1989 (IWSC London) and Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge (London) in 1991 and again in 2000. On the Entity Shiraz, John states, "My aim with Entity is to produce an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa. The 2015 Entity again includes some Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle, under good cellaring conditions, for at least 10- 12 years."

John Duval Entity Shiraz 2017

Region - Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA.

Variety - 100% Shiraz.

Style/palette - Medium - full bodied.

Cellaring - Drink now or until 2028.

Winemaking - Fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless steel fermenters. 100% barrel matured for 15 months, with 35% new fine grain French oak hogsheads(300 litres) and the balance in 2, 3 and 4 year old hogsheads

John Duval Entity Shiraz 2017

"From old vines in five districts, fermented with submerged cap, matured in French hogsheads (32% new) for 15 months. Complex and rich from the first whiff, it doesn’t waste a single berry of this great vintage. So much power, such elegance." 99 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion, 2019 (on the 2017 vintage).

"60% Barossa Valley, 40% Eden Valley grapes, open-fermented with submerged cap, matured for 15 months in new (33%) and used French hogsheads. Deeply coloured; this is at once full-bodied and elegant, not a common marriage with young red wines with decades in front of them. The flavours are all black: blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, earth and licorice. The old vines have also provided ripe tannins, the whole theme resonated with oak a la Grange." 97 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion, 2018 (on the 2016 vintage).

"Matured for 17 months in French oak (35% new). Reflects - in the best sense - John Duval's long career as the chief architect of Grange. This brings together depth, texture and complexity to a palette (sic) of black fruits, ripe tannins and oak. It cries out for patience (as does Grange), and the greater your patience, the greater the reward." 96 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion, 2017 (on the 2016 vintage).


  • Barossa Valley Shiraz - sourced from very old vines.
  • Rich and tightly packed with an array of concentrated dark fruits.
  • Structured with fine, long tannins to enable cellaring.
  • Beautifully integrated and very well balanced.
  • Enjoy now or cellar for 15-20 years.