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2018 EJ Shiraz

$100.00

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Our flagship wine, the EJ Shiraz is named after David Paxton’s mother and family matriarch Elizabeth Jean.

A limited release wine, the EJ Shiraz is sourced from vines originally planted in 1887Β  from our Thomas Block vineyard, which is renowned for producing fruit of exceptional flavour and natural balance. The Shiraz vines are amongst the oldest in McLaren Vale and are carefully hand pruned and thinned to ensure the low and uniform yields required for super premium Shiraz.

Although still very young, the wine shows classic McLaren Vale Shiraz characteristics, with an elegant, delicate front exploding with a concentration of savoury fruit, supported by full, silky tannins unique to old vine wine.

An exemplary Shiraz not to be missed!

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97/100Wine Orbit NZ

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Combining opulence and grace, this magnificent offering shows dark fruit richness with mixed spice, cedar, cocoa and olive notes on the nose. The palate exhibits outstanding concentration and depth as well as refinement and silky flow. It's firmly structured by fine grainy tannins ensuring it gracious evolvement. A compelling rendition.

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit NZ, 2021

Variety: Shiraz
100%: Organic | Biodynamic
Region: McLaren Vale
Vineyard: Thomas Block
Colour: Deep crimson red with purple hues
Aroma: A powerful yet graceful nose, with deep riberry and blackberry characters, a touch of mountain pepper leaf and cassia bark add to the complexity
Palate: Full bodied wine with startling intensity yet a brightness at the same time. Elegant like slipping into a velvet suit or dress and heading to the opera in Paris. Fine, slightly chalky tannins are juxtaposed against a typically generous Shiraz mid-palate and long, lingering hints of cacao beans and roasted fennel seeds
Drink With: Eye Fillet Steak or Beef Cheeks
Cellaring:

This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 10-30 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:

Hand picking is the only way these grapes can be harvested. Following picking, we ferment the fruit in an open fermenter - monitoring temperature and gently hand plunging twice daily. Once pressed, we put away the pumps and gravity feed the wine into barrel. This is where the EJ rests in the 100% French Oak Barriques for 22 months. We then gravity feed the wine into tank ready for bottling. Once bottled, we cellar the EJ Shiraz for another 18 months prior to release.

Alcohol: 14.0%
Winemaker: Kate Goodman and Dwayne Cunningham
  • Combining opulence and grace, this magnificent offering shows dark fruit richness with mixed spice, cedar, cocoa and olive notes on the nose. The palate exhibits outstanding concentration and depth as well as refinement and silky flow. It's firmly structured by fine grainy tannins ensuring it gracious evolvement. A compelling rendition. At its best: 2024 to 2043.

    -Sam Kim - NZ Wine Orbit

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Weight 1.2 kg

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