96pt “Entity” Shiraz from Penfolds Grange Winemaker
After three decades of making Penfolds’ extraordinary Grange Hermitage Australian wine star John Duval, set out to make a “little Grange” for the masses. His 2014 “Entity” Shiraz is intense, velvety old-vine Shiraz that blends power and hedonism at an incredible price. Over the years, “Entity” has amassed an abundance of 90+ point ratings and has claimed spots on Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 list. The 2014 vintage continues this streak of high praise, scoring 96 points from James Halliday, the most revered Australian critic who lauded its “succulent, rich and powerful,” hallmarks and “predominantly black fruits.”
If you saw the March 2017 cover of Wine Spectator, you know that magazine speaks for many in deciding it’s time to “Rediscover Australia.” “There’s a fresh energy in Australian wine,” the cover story declares. “Today, winemakers are highlighting regionality, diversity, balance and elegance over extreme value or brute strength.”
But there’s no need to “rediscover” Australia’s most revered winemaker, the Shiraz artist who Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate calls an “Australian wine legend.”
John Duval grew up on a farm that raised sheep and sold Shiraz cuttings to Penfolds. Not surprisingly, he joined the winery in 1973 as assistant winemaker working with the legendary Max Schubert—the original creator of Grange. John took over as chief winemaker in 1986 and swiftly garnered global acclaim, winning multiple international “Winemaker of the Year” awards and capturing Wine Spectator’s coveted “Wine of the Year” title for his 1990 Grange.
John left Penfolds in 2002 and hung out his own shingle to craft rich, finely chiseled Rhône varieties from his favorite old-vine vineyard sites. Entity is elegant 100% Shiraz from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, whose juicy succulence and intensity critics have adored since day one.