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2016 Jones Block Shiraz

96/100 James Halliday Wine Companion May 2019

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This is McLaren Vale Shiraz at its finest. From the acclaimed ‘Jones Block’, this wine is well regarded for its generous, yet elegant style. A small parcel was selected from our century old vines for complex fruit flavours and seamless structure. Grapes are hand pruned; wine is aged in fine grained French and American oak. As always, no corners cut. A rich, savoury and spicy blend, this wine has a fleshy middle palate and great length. Enjoyed with food, a glass or three of Paxton is certain to spice up the evening.

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Top 100

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Lovely warm fruit and bitter chocolate flaked with salt. The aromas give you a big hug, warm and comforting, underlying notes of soy and firm tannins work with the wine. Nicely done.

, 2018

96/100 James Halliday

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Vivid, deep crimson-purple hue; this is an unabashed powerhouse, dripping with black fruits, dark chocolate, liquorice and earthy tannins to hold the fruit in place. Given its screwcap, its lifespan will challenge that of most who drink it. Cellar up to 2050.

James Halliday, 2019

Variety: Shiraz
100%: Organic | Biodynamic
Region: McLaren Vale
Vineyard: Jones Block
Colour: Deep crimson red with purple hues
Aroma: A bold drive of pepper spice and ripe mulberries with a toasted oak and bourbon punch
Palate: A full bodied wine with layers of secondary fruit flavours, a traditional style of winemaking where brilliant fruit meets luxurious and exquisite oak. A dense palate structure and beautifully integrated oak give this wine a fruit driven and fine grain tannin finish
Drink With: Scotch fillet or porterhouse steak
Cellaring:

This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 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:

Hand picked at optimum sugar and flavour equilibrium, the grapes were kept on skins for 15 days. The ferment was pumped over and plunged twice a day to extract colour, flavour and tannin structure. Once pressed, we used a combination of French and American oak barriques (40% new) for maturation of up to 22 months prior to blending and bottling. This wine was cellared for a further 6 months prior to release.

Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.44
TA: 6.82/L
Total SO2: 86ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
  • Deep, dense red/purple colour, with a smoky charred-oak bouquet which showcases heavily-toasted American oak. It's full-bodied and firm, tight and focused, with a long carry and firm, oaky tannins which linger long through the aftertaste.

    Biodynamic-grown fruit, open-fermented, matured in French and American barriques for 18 months. A celebrated McLaren Vale single vineyard wine, effortlessly providing a deep well of black fruits and fine-grained tannins, the oak a positive contributor, not a rabble rouser.

    -Huon Hooke - The Real Review - September 2018
  • Vivid, deep crimson-purple hue; this is an unabashed powerhouse, dripping with black fruits, dark chocolate, liquorice and earthy tannins to hold the fruit in place. Given its screwcap, its lifespan will challenge that of most who drink it. Cellar up to 2050.

    -James Halliday 96/100

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Weight 1.33 kg
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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
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  • 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.
  • Assistant winemaker Dwayne watches carefully as he tips the 2019 E J Shiraz berries, which have been through the destemmer, into the fermenting tank #paxtonwines #v19 #v19halliday #organic #biodynamicwine #shiraz #100yearoldvines #wineaustralia #mclarenvale #fleurieu #openfermentation

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