From the Winemaker Who Crafted Penfolds Grange
John Duval spent 29 years at Penfolds, one of Australia’s most legendary wineries. Seventeen of those years were spent as head winemaker, crafting each extraordinary vintage of Grange, 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.” Australia’s leading critic, James Halliday, awarded the 2014 Entity 96 points, calling it “full bodied and generous, with an excellent concentration of blackberry fruit.” 100 cases. Released at $46, a razor sharp $29.99 today — if you’re as fast as the 800+ clients hovering over the “Buy” button right now.
Australia’s most revered winemaker, Duval was called an “Australian wine legend” by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Our first experience with Duval’s “Entity” bottling was with the 2007 vintage, a release that garnered 60 perfect 5-star ratings from Wine Access clients. In 2008 and 2009, we were shut out after Parker dropped matching 94-point ratings on those vintages. We vowed never to let that happen again.
So, in 2014, when Duval crafted a stunning, 96-point expression of “Entity,” we of course pounced on an allocation. 100% Shiraz, sourced from exceptionally old vines in the sun-soaked Barossa Valley, and blended with fruit from the higher elevation, cool-climate Eden Valley (for elegance and style), Duval’s 2014 “Entity” is rightfully called a “little Grange.”