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.
96/100 James Halliday
96/100 James Halliday
James Halliday, 2019
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic|
|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|
This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 10-30 years will be rewarded
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.
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.
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.
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.