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2018 Graciano

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Graciano is a Spanish varietal grown primarily in the Rioja region. After some research David Paxton decided to graft one row of Graciano onto some old Chardonnay vines at Thomas Block to see what the result would be. When you try this wine, we think you will agree that the variety is well suited to the conditions of McLaren Vale.

Lighter in body with distinct savoury and white pepper characters filled out with bright red fruits. Light tannins make this wine ready to drink young, although cellaring potential is in the medium term.

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Variety: Graciano
100%: Organic | Biodynamic | Vegan
Region: McLaren Vale
Vineyard: Thomas Block
Colour: Deep crimson red
Aroma: Lifted spice and herbal notes, raspberries and lavender with a delicate touch of white pepper
Palate: Light bodied and spice driven mouth-feel. Raspberry tarts and bright red fruit, finished with tight grainy tannins
Cellaring:

A fantastic wine to drink when young, however careful cellaring of 5-20 years will be rewarded

Vintage:

2018 Growing season had very good winter rainfall allowing the vineyards to reach saturation point. A very dry spring encouraged healthy foliage growth and controlled the vines vigor well. We experienced one of the driest summers in 30 odd years; this meant a great concentration of flavours and intensity of fruit especially in Shiraz and Grenache. The whites reached fruit ripeness with low acidity therefore producing a very bright and vibrant flavour profile. A warmer than usual autumn (Indian summer) kept disease pressure low and helped natural malolactic fermentation. All and all, a very strong 2018 vintage with fantastic red wines maturing in barrel and vibrant white’s in bottle.

Vinification:

Selector harvested at optimum sugar and flavour balance, the whole berries are tipped into 5t open top fermenters. A slow, cool ferment helped capture the character of the vineyard and a combination of pump overs and plunging for 13 days enhanced the tannin profile. When fermentation was finished the grapes were pressed to mature in 10% new French oak barriques for maturation of 9 months prior to blending and bottling.

Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.6
TA: 5.9/L
Total SO2: 82ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn

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Additional Information
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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