As as winemaking business our mission is to produce and showcase the region’s fruit quality, varietal expression and natural diversity, particularly with Shiraz which is now well recognised as the top performing variety from McLaren Vale.

Our approach to viticulture and winemaking involves combining traditional, hands-on management, integrated and complimented by modern technology; we call this approach “back to the future”.

 

The vineyard site characteristics we target have soil profiles that allow us to perfectly control soil moisture content via irrigation, maximising fruit quality and intensity. We work with the concept of “terroir”, although we do not necessarily agree with the mystery that is often attached to the word. It can be complex but it is not magic. We consider “terroir” as the interaction between a vine, its environment and the impact of man’s management with the moisture balance of the soil being possibly the major influence.

 

Management techniques are varied to suit variety and style. Utilisation of techniques such as shoot thinning, leaf plucking and fruit thinning are employed to attain superior quality.

We continually strive to minimise inputs, sulphur dioxide is kept to an absolute minimum. Mastering of biodynamics and non-chemical weed control is ongoing.

 

In regard to winemaking, we have refined and narrowed our focus on oak, honing in on our preferred barrel suppliers. We’ve also reduced our toasting levels, limiting the oak footprint, and focusing more on what the vineyard has to offer in order to elevate the fruit profile of each wine.

 

Our focus is on small ferments/batches from each block within each vineyard, which has aided in better classification. As an example, our highly acclaimed Jones Block vineyard has 14 blocks over 50 acres, each undergoes a separate ferment. This approach gives us a better understanding of the characteristics of each vineyard and how each is evolving under our organic and biodynamic farming practices.

  • Great night out for the Paxton girls at @ the launch of SA Life Food and Wine Magazine for 2019. We are so lucky in SA to have such amazing fresh produce and incredible wines on our doorstep #safoodmonth #seanskitchen #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #freshproduce #sagreat
  • Happy #nationalroséday June 8th 2019 #organicwine #biodynamicwine #grenache #shiraz #mclarenvalewine
  • Coming soon to Cellar Door only our new 2019 NOW Rose #rose #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #preservativefree #sawines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #wineaustralia #wineswithlife
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  • Gravity rack and return = pure Paxton Wines. Wines with Life #paxtonwines #mclarenvalewine #organicwine #biodynamicwine #shiraz #v19 #v19halliday #wineswithlife #sawines #wineaustralia #quandongfarmshiraz
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  • A successful dinner tonight at the Highway Inn 🍷
#paxtonwines #thehighway #winedinner #organicwine #biodynamicwine
  • As the old saying goes, happy farmer & side kick dog, makes happy grapes and better wines! #davidpaxton #rocco #organicfarming #biodynamicfarming #mclarenvalewine
  • 90pt #BuyOfTheWeekAU @paxtonwines MV Shiraz 2017, McLaren Vale, AUD $22. @TheRealRvw @tpatersonwine #TopValue https://www.therealreview.com/2019/04/18/buy-of-the-week-au-272/
  • The following statement received today from Vegan Australia is consistent with advice we received before labelling our biodynamic wines as “Vegan Friendly”. We do not use animal products in the winemaking process.

Vegan certification and harm to animals before harvest

The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

There are alternative methods of farming, such as veganics and stock-free farming, that try to address some of these issues, such as avoiding pesticides and animal fertilisers. However these are not yet used widely enough to produce food to feed a vegan world.

Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

Greg McFarlane
Vegan Australia
  • Soaking & sealing the new 500 litre puncheons to be used in gracefully barrel aging our beloved 2019 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache.

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  • Great night out for the Paxton girls at @ the launch of SA Life Food and Wine Magazine for 2019. We are so lucky in SA to have such amazing fresh produce and incredible wines on our doorstep #safoodmonth #seanskitchen #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #freshproduce #sagreat
  • Happy #nationalroséday June 8th 2019 #organicwine #biodynamicwine #grenache #shiraz #mclarenvalewine
  • Coming soon to Cellar Door only our new 2019 NOW Rose #rose #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #preservativefree #sawines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #wineaustralia #wineswithlife
  • #jameshalliday #cellaringissue2019 #aaashirazgrenache #93pt #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvalewine
  • #jameshalliday #jonesblockshiraz #96pt #cellaringissue #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarevalewine
  • Gravity rack and return = pure Paxton Wines. Wines with Life #paxtonwines #mclarenvalewine #organicwine #biodynamicwine #shiraz #v19 #v19halliday #wineswithlife #sawines #wineaustralia #quandongfarmshiraz
  • #paxtonwines #winedinner #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvalewines #thebishopwinebar
  • A successful dinner tonight at the Highway Inn 🍷
#paxtonwines #thehighway #winedinner #organicwine #biodynamicwine
  • As the old saying goes, happy farmer & side kick dog, makes happy grapes and better wines! #davidpaxton #rocco #organicfarming #biodynamicfarming #mclarenvalewine
  • 90pt #BuyOfTheWeekAU @paxtonwines MV Shiraz 2017, McLaren Vale, AUD $22. @TheRealRvw @tpatersonwine #TopValue https://www.therealreview.com/2019/04/18/buy-of-the-week-au-272/
  • The following statement received today from Vegan Australia is consistent with advice we received before labelling our biodynamic wines as “Vegan Friendly”. We do not use animal products in the winemaking process.

Vegan certification and harm to animals before harvest

The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

There are alternative methods of farming, such as veganics and stock-free farming, that try to address some of these issues, such as avoiding pesticides and animal fertilisers. However these are not yet used widely enough to produce food to feed a vegan world.

Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

Greg McFarlane
Vegan Australia
  • Soaking & sealing the new 500 litre puncheons to be used in gracefully barrel aging our beloved 2019 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache.

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