2017 John Duval Wines Integro Cabernet Shiraz Eden Valley – John Duval Wines have long had in mind the idea to produce a Cabernet Shiraz blend as their contribution to the proud and distinctly Australian tradition of blending these two varieties. An age worthy wine that would reward extended cellaring, allowing its journey of evolution to be enjoyed over many years. A wine from special Barossa vineyards, and produced only when the right vintage conditions prevailed. Their patience has been rewarded, and they are proud to announce the first release of Integro – meaning to make whole – from the 2017 vintage.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) from the Stonegarden Vineyard in Eden Valley with an exceptional parcel of Barossa Shiraz (10%).
Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from a single vineyard site to the east of the township of Springton. The vineyard itself is one of the oldest vineyards in Australia, with the earliest plantings going back to 1858. Best estimates put the earliest planting date of the Cabernet vines at this vineyard in the 1890’s, making these some of the oldest Cabernet vines still on their own roots anywhere in the word. The site was once part of an ancient sea bed, the thin loam soils sit above a substrate of red clay containing rose quartz and black mica schist fragments. The vines produce very low yields of intensely flavoured berries.
The Shiraz component was a blend of exceptional old vineyards from the Barossa Valley. The Cabernet (90%) and Shiraz (10%) components were fermented separately for 8 days on skins in small open top stainless steel fermenters with twice daily pump overs to extract colour, flavour and tannin. The Cabernet was aged in a mix of new (50%) and 3rd use (50%) French oak hogsheads for 18 months. The wine was then blended with the Shiraz component and bottle aged for 2 years before release.
Aromas of deep, dark plum and blackcurrant, bay leaf and clove. The palate is alive with a vibrant array of intense blue fruit and blackcurrants supported by an elegant framework of poised and precise tannins. Deceptive depth and power all tightly packed and wound up ready to unfurl over many years, finishing long and pure.
Single Price: $230.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $190.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $2,280.00