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2016 Cracker Barrels Shiraz Cabernet

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The extremely limited Cracker Barrels is the result of winemaker Richard Freebairn selecting up to 4 barrels which he considers to be of the highest quality or ‘Crackers’ each vintage.

The 2016 vintage Cracker Barrels has been selected from a single parcel of Shiraz and Cabernet from Jones Block, the barrels are 100% French with no new oak. The wine has terrific intensity and depth of flavour, supported by subtle oak which makes this powerful Shiraz with small blend of Cabernet a pleasure to drink now and well into the future.

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87/100

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Dark, rich, complex aromas of ripe plum, tar and chocolate plus a little brambly spice and a touch of crushed herb. The palate is quite savoury with a faint saline edge.

Toni Paterson, 2019

Variety: Shiraz | Cabernet Sauvignon
100%: Organic | Biodynamic | Vegan
Region: McLaren Vale
Colour: Deep red and purple hues
Aroma: A vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon lift of cinnamon, dark chocolate, cardamom, smoked paprika and a touch of peppermint spice
Palate: Full bodied wine with the vibrant front palate of Cabernet Sauvignon and juicy Shiraz mid palate. This wine has a sophisticated tannin structure combined with the French oak and seamless fruit profile lines to finish bold and energetic on the palate.
Drink With: Barbeuced anything
Cellaring:

A fantastic wine to drink in the next five years, however, careful cellaring of 10-30 years will be rewarded

Vintage:

2016 was a very strong year in McLaren Vale. After 6 months without rain, we had 40mm in the first week of February. This slowed down the baumes and allowed the acidity to catch up, therefore giving the fruit fantastic flavour equilibrium. Berry numbers were high due to an even veraison, which lead to the highest quality crops and tonnages this millennium.

Vinification:

This is the final blend each year. When tasting through the barrels, we always find one that stands out. Over the past few years we have been keeping that barrel aside - whether it be a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Jones Block Shiraz or even an EJ barrel. In 2016 the blend worked as a Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon and we ended up with four Cracker Barrels!

Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.61
TA: 6.67g/L
Total SO2: 99ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
  • Dark, rich, complex aromas of ripe plum, tar and chocolate plus a little brambly spice and a touch of crushed herb. The palate is quite savoury with a faint saline edge. 87/100

    -Toni Paterson - The Real Review

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Weight 1.33 kg
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  • Owen and Nelson hard at work, carefully pitchforking the 1887 handpicked EJ Shiraz grapes into the destemmer before they are tipped into an open top fermenter. They will sit and ferment on the skins for 14 days...nothing but love here. #v19 #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #oldvines #shiraz #EJ #wineaustralia #sawine #v19halliday
  • Paxton on tour in Holland #hoteldewereld where WWII officially ended and a stunning, historic venue.
  • Hand picking at Thomas Block the old vine Shiraz for our 2019 EJ #v19 #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #old vineshiraz #shiraz #handpicking #EJ #organicwine #biodynamicwine #wineaustralia #sawines #ichoosesa #v19halliday
  • #v19 #tempranillo almost ready to pick. #muchas_gracias #organicwine #biodynamicwine
  • The Wine Bar @ Paxton is on the move! Our converted container has just landed in a new location for some Summer vibes. Who can guess the location?
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#paxtonwines #winebaratpaxton #winebar #paxtonpopup #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #wine #southaustralia
  • Anyone know the name of this native South Australian fruit?
  • Our debut release of our NOW Chardonnay 2018....PF, Organic, Biodynamic range. Cheers #thewinefront #mclarenvale
  • #biodynamic farming’s most common preparation is 500 (which is cow manure in a cow horn buried over winter). We’re digging them out today in Spring and the rich and lively resulting fertiliser will be mixed into water and sprayed on our vineyards.  It activates and enhances life in our soils.
  • Well this certainly made our weekend! Our Cabernet Sauvignon making James Halliday’s @winecompanion Top 100 Wines of 2018!
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#paxtonwines #cabernetsauvignon #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #winecompanion #top100 #australianwine #wineaustralia #topaustralianwines #jameshalliday #aussiewine
  • #internationaltempranilloday so raise a glass to this classic Spanish varietal today #vivaespana #biodynamic #organic  #bushvines #paxtonwines
  • #bees #biodynamics when bees are present the environment is in ecological balance. Their pollination efforts keeps the world sustained and in balance for all plant life and human food supply. Hence why it’s our mascot at #paxtonwines
  • #thejourneybegins

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