Monday, January 11, 2010


- McLaren Vale, SA
- $16-$25
- Screwcap
- 14.5%alc

The names behind the Paxton brand are son Michael (winemaker) and his father David, who happens to be one of this country's leading viticulturists. Therefore, it should come as no surprise Paxton are among a growing number of Australian producers who now implement biodynamic practices throughout their vineyards.

Typically ripe and generous as befits the AAA blueprint, this aromatically lifted and meaty 2008 Shiraz Grenache opens to a floral fragrance of blueberries, dark plum, raspberries and chocolate oak with a hint of cinnamon stick. It (happily) steers completely away from the confectionery aspects sometimes associated with the blend, with a sumptuously flavoured, medium-full bodied palate which announces juicy dark red fruits touched by a restrained use of older, spicy oak, evolving into a more savoury, rustic climax framed by agreeably coarse tannins and bright sour-edged acidity.

ü+ A fruit focused, well ripened (not over), earlier drinking and perfectly harmonious blend of McLaren Vale shiraz and grenache. It's an ideal summer red which represents a good early sign for McLaren Vale 08's as well as the future developments of Paxton's biodynamic vineyards. Drink to 2014.
91 points

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