John Duval Concilio Grenache Shiraz 2021
The development and naming of this wine is in many ways symbolic of the evolution of John Duval Wines as they bring together two generations of the Duval family in the business with Tim Duval joining his father John ahead of the 2016 vintage. And whilst they continue our love of working with old Barossa vineyards, this wine also reflects the style evolution of Barossa Grenache that is being led by the region’s many small artisan winemakers. Concilio Grenache was jointly conceived by John and Tim, and is a wine representative of the ever broadening shift away from the sweet, confectioned expressions of Barossa Grenache prevalent in the 1990’s, to wines that display more vibrancy, texture and savouriness. Wines that represent what they admire most of this variety, and wines that are eminently suitable to accompanying food.
Grape Variety: Grenache (85%), Shiraz (15%)
Top 100 of 2022 & 95 points
James Halliday, Top 100 Wines of 2022 Weekend Australian November 2022
85 per cent old bush vine (part 100yo) grenache fermented with 1/3 whole bunches, 50 per cent matured in used French hogsheads, 50 per cent in stainless steel, for 8 months. A vibrantly fresh, red-fruited light-bodied wine; what it lacks in body it more than makes up with its elegance and length.
Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Deep red/purple colour, with a lovely raspberry and floral bouquet that’s full of charm and this transfers well to the palate, which tastes elegant and unforced. There is abundant fruit sweetness in the heart of it, the tannins are ripe and supple and swaddle the wine in layers of savoury fine-grained tannins that harmonise superbly. A great grenache-driven blend and a bargain!
Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal
Even with its user-friendly style, this wine delivers. It’s fun but a little bit serious too, with a blend of plummy, red liquorice fruits with nice touches of spice and earth, with fruit generous and ready to go. The palate is more in the jubey spectrum with fleshy red and dark fruits with an attractive earthy, spicy edge plus quite a long and delightfully silky finish. Great early-drinking style.