2021 John Duval Compono Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley Australia

  • Extremely Allocated, 250 Cases Made
  • Former Penfold's Winemaker
  • 2x Red Winemaker of the Year ~IWSC
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About the Wine

Dubbed as an "Australian Wine Legend" by Robert Parker, John Duval is one of Australia's most renowned winemakers with more than 35 years of experience in the industry. 

The last name Duval has a long history in Australia's wine world.For more than 100 years, the family vineyards have supplied grapes to some of the best winemakers in South Australia.

John Duval's vineyards date from the second half of the 19th century and are built on more than 30 years of winemaking experience and more than 5 generations of experts. John Duval is the true visionary of the family as he is the one who transitioned from only selling grapes to making his own wines.

John Duval graduated from Adelaide University’s Roseworthy College in 1973, and secured a sought after winemaking role with Penfolds for the 1974 vintage. During his time with Penfolds, John Duval apprenticed to Don Ditter and Max Schubert, creators of Australia's most famous and iconic wine called “Grange”. Duval displayed his winemaking skills and became the third winemaker in 1986.

John played a very important role in the positioning and worldwide recognition of the Penfolds winery.During his 29+ years at Penfolds, Duval became a world-renowned star winemaker. Some of his accolades include being named the UK Wine and Spirit Competition's International Winemaker of the Year, 2x Red Winemaker of the Year and receiving the "Wine of the Year" award from Wine Spectator.

John Duval discovered the treasures of the Barossa Valley terroir and became a complete lover of the old vines of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Duval's hallmark is complex and elegant wines with great aging potential that express the best of the Barossa Valley terroir.

John Duval is not only a Wine Rockstar in Australia, but he is also involved with Viña Ventisquero in the Apalta Valley in Chile, where he is the consulting winemaker. On top of this, he is also a partner at the Longshadows winery in Washington.

The second release, 2022 Compono is an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from meticulous vineyards in Barossa Valley and Eden Valley.

Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Layered blackcurrant, bramble and plum with cedar and cigar box playing supporting roles with fine but firm tannins.


Ripe black cherries, cassis, dark chocolate, cedar and bark on the nose, following through to a full body with wide, creamy tannins and succulent sweet berry fruit. Rich and concentrated with a mellow finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap. ~92 James Suckling

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