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John Duval `Annexus' Grenache

Barossa Valley, South Australia

John Duval

One of the world’s great winemakers, John Duval was given the ‘Grange‘ torch by Max Schubert and passed it on to his successor when he left Penfolds to start out on his own with the 2003 vintage, sourcing fruit from some long-time friends in the Barossa...

His red wines - a Shiraz and a Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre blend - are sourced from old Barossa vines aged between 50 and 100 years old and showcase the best of the Barossa region. In 2010 he introduced a white Plexus wine to his range using traditional white Rhône varietals.

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Fruit for the Annexus Grenache was sourced from two very old low yielding Barossa vineyards. One lies south of Tanunda and is over 100 years old; the other is in Eden Valley and was planted in the 1860s. John obtained a small allocation from the older vineyard for the first time in 2013. A small unique blend, this wine will be made only in the best years.

Vintage information

2013 was the first vintage for John‘s Annexus Grenache. 2013 was marked by a dry winter and spring leading into a warm to hot summer. In the Barossa this always means low yields and an early start to vintage.


Fermentation occurred in small open top fermenters, incorporating 20% whole bunches. The wine was 100% barrel matured for 12 months in old French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels). Only 250 cases were made of the first vintage of this wine.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant purple red. Perfumed red fruit aromatics are layered with complex savoury spice and charcuterie notes. Generous, rich and structured with texture, the Annexus displays an array of red fruits, plum and raspberry and impressive flavour intensity.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Grenache/Garnacha
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker John Duval
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6g/l
Wine pH 3.5