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2017 Quandong Farm Shiraz

"The balance is superb, it is fragrant, bright, medium-bodied and delicious." Toni Paterson - The Real Review

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Quandong Farm Shiraz is a single vineyard wine that aims to highlight the intensity and brightness of fruit grown using biodynamic techniques. Our farming practices are designed to produce wines of intensity, but also with layers of texture, flavour and interest for the consumer. We think this wine exhibits these characteristics and provides both concentration and flavour and a certain delicacy, rather than simple raw power.

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95/100 James Halliday

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The grapes were biodynamically grown on the estate Quandong Farm vineyard, selectively harvested, 60% as whole berries, 40% as whole bunches, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured for 12 months in French oak. The result is a full-flavoured yet elegant medium-bodied wine, with effortless aromas and flavours of dark cherries, plum and blackberries on the farewell.

James Halliday, 2019

Variety: Shiraz
100%: Organic | Biodynamic
Region: McLaren Vale
Vineyard: Quandong Farm
Colour: Vibrant red and purple hues
Aroma: A fragrance lift of red berry fruits, snow peas and broad beans, raspberry liquorice and a delicate dusting of cinnamon spice
Palate: Medium bodied wine with plum, blueberry and cherry fruit characters. A carbonic maceration and wild fermentation influenced viscosity on the mid palate with a touch of French oak and cinnamon spice balanced with silky tannins
Cellaring:

This wine can be enjoyed young, however, careful cellaring for 5–20 years will be rewarded

Vintage:

2017 was a fantastic year for winemaking in McLaren Vale. We had an extremely wet winter and our vineyards reached full saturation point. Spring brought very consistent fruit set and flowering. The rain continued throughout summer and mild days with cool nights allowed for a slow ripening season. These conditions resulted in fragrant whites with lower acidity, and elegant reds with very attractive primary fruit flavours and lower alcohols.

Vinification:

The grapes were hand picked and selector harvested at optimum flavour and sugar equilibrium. 40% of the harvest was used as whole bunches while the remainder was delicately destemmed and fermented using 100% indigenous (wild) yeast . The small batch ferments were carefully plunged and pumped over for 14 days to extract colour, flavour and tannin structure. The ferments were pressed to new and mature French oak barriques, where they were nurtured for 12 months prior to blending and bottling.

Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.60
TA: 5.68g/L
Total SO2: 55ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
  • 91/100 - "Firstly, I adore the texture. It is open, velvety and supple with balanced acidity and tannin. Secondly, I love the freshness that the whole bunch fermentation gives the wine. And thirdly, the balance is superb. It is fragrant, bright, medium-bodied and delicious. 1/9/2018

    -Toni Paterson - The Real Review
  • "Waves of deep and generous medium-bodied fruit flavours, perfectly in sync with oak, invite early enjoyment."

    -John Fordham - The Sunday Telegraph 16/9/2018
  • 90/100 - Silver Medal 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

  • 92/100 - "An honest to goodness McLaren Vale Shiraz that should captivate enthusiasts of the region. Opens with earthy notes, red and black berries, currants, mocha. The palate is lightly gritty with tannin in the most appealing way."

    -Mike Bennie 92 points - WBM Magazine Nov/Dec 2018

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Weight 1.33 kg
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  • #2019 #PFShiraz #90pts  fresh, clean, pure and so easy to drink. A superb summer red too on ice. #organic #biodynamic #noaddedpreservatives
  • Join us October 6 for McLaren Vale’s Spring Affair Festival! The October long weekend is the perfect time to celebrate Spring with food, wine, music,friends and good times. Take part in a pub group tour which provides transport or Choose your own Adventure with your own vehicle. Visit www.springaffair.com to find out more and buy tickets #springaffair #mvspringaffair #mclarenvale #sawine #safood #octoberlongweekend #paxtonwines #valeale #coriolewinery #maxwellwines #pennyshillwinery #mollydooker #serafino
  • The Wine Companion 2020 scores are in and as well as some outstanding results Paxton Wines was rated in the Top Ten of the Best Value Wineries! #winecompanion2020 #halliday2020 #jameshalliday #top10 #wineaustralia #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvalewine #fleurieupeninsula
  • #winter in #mclarenvale #southaustralia #organicwine #biodynamicfarming
  • 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
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