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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 1887  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

What will the 2022 vintage bring? 🧐

“Well, we've had quite unpredictable weather during flowering, a lot of rain and wind, so fruit set has not been the best in all of our vineyards. But that only means that crops will be a little lower than last year, so we might have to spend less energy on bunch thinning. The quality looks like it will be pretty good with beautiful green canopies that have only profited from the spring rains.
In Mclaren Vale, we have had a dry December - one of the driest on record, which has been conducive in eliminating any small amounts of mildew that had started in the rainy spring period.
Overall, everything is looking excellent out there, and I am looking forward to an exciting vintage and lots of new things to come at Paxton!”

-Ashleigh Seymour, Head Winemaker

#vintage2022 #mclarenvale #biodynamicwines #yield #organicwines #winemakers #southaustralia #harvest
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: a stage in the ripening process of grapes, the short period during which the firm, green berries begin to soften, change colour and accumulate flavour 🍇

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Say hello to a man with two business hats. Garry Stillwell, the singer/guitarist has performed and shone for over 15 years. You can find him across the Southern Vales humming his sets while he moonlights (or daylights in his case) running his window-washing business!

Garry knows how to read a room and has amassed a following playing laidback acoustic to lively performances that will make you want to dance. You can expect classic renditions from the '60s through today with covers from The Beatles, Creedence, Cold Chisel, INXS, David Bowie, Coldplay and many more.

It's well worth catching Garry in the act as he leaves every atmosphere (and piece of glass) a little bit sparklier than he found it ✨

See you this Friday from 5pm!

#garrystillwell #paxtonpopup #adelaidelivemusic #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #southaustralia #eventsadelaide #mclarenvalewine #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula
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Playing gigs in Mclaren Vale since he was 16 years old, Rhys Coventry is no stranger to the locals. His "acoustic chilled out folk" style only compliments his laid-back attitude. And as a local midcoast surfer, he knows how to keep a smile on his face when the weather gets stormy (back in November he happily played here in 20kph gusty winds!)

Rhys is now an established 21-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist who plays his signature Coastal Folk tunes across the Fleurieu Peninsula. But as much as we love his music, his endearing nature has us booking him again and again!

Friday Night Knock-Off's
4-8 pm at Paxton Pop-Up
Music by @rhyscoventry Pizza by @doughballsau
We hope to see you there!

#fleurieupenisula #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #southaustralia #livemusicadelaide #rhyscoventry #doughballsau #organicwine #winebar #acousticmusic
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Does this man look familiar? You might have seen Mason Lloyde as a contestant on The Voice Australia 2020!

And lucky for us, he is playing at Paxton this Sunday.

Born in Broken Hill, NSW, Mason is a self-taught guitarist. Initially inspired by Elvis Presley, he went on to unearth his unique sound and elegant yet powerful raspy vocals. With an impressive vocal range and oozing charisma, it's not just us who are big fans of his music!

"So Dynamic" and "Such an elegant voice. Nothing like I've ever heard." -Kelly Rowland

"Phenomenal! Amazing Artistry and what a range" - Delta Goodrem

With excellent music, drinks, pizza and shady lawns, it is time for you and your friends to take advantage of this glorious weather in a Covid-Safe setting.

-FREE ENTRY
-Doors from 10am
-Music from 12pm
-Outside Event
-Social Distancing is easy to do on our spacious lawns
-Food by @doughballsau

#biodynamicwine #organicwine
#eventsadelaide #mclarenvale #adelaidemusic #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula #mclarenvalewine #livemusicsa #masonlloyde
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Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Ben, David and the team at Paxton. We hope your holidays are filled with loved ones, delicious food and, as always, excellent wine!

#merrychristmas #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #tistheseason
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// PHOTO CONTEST //
Do you want a cellar loaded with Paxton Wine in 2022?
Just 4 sleeps until Christmas, and we want to give away a mixed vintage case of MV Shiraz (12 bottles) to one of our lucky followers! It's easy to enter: submit a festive photo that includes a bottle of Paxton Wine alongside your holiday dinner and use the hashtag #festivepaxtonxmas. The image we love the most wins our flagship Shiraz valued at over $350!

Check out all the T&C's below.
The contest ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 25! The winner will be announced via our stories on December 28, 2021.

To enter, all you need to do is:
-Follow our Instagram
-Like and share this post on your stories
-Post a photo and use the hashtag #FESTIVEPAXTONXMAS
-Images must include a bottle of PAXTON wine and a food pairing
-Images must be posted between 21/12/21 - 25/12/21
-Contest is available to Australian residents over the age of 18
-Free Shipping to anywhere in Australia
-Enter as many times as you like (we can't wait to see what you are pairing with Paxton wines this Christmas)!

#photocontest #festivepaxtonxmas #mclarenvalewine #freewine #giveaway #winepairing #foodpairing #mclarenvale #paxtonwine

Photo by @rewineoradea
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Dying soil changed the course of Paxton Wines; here's how.

In the early 2000s, after nearly 20 years of grape farming, it was becoming apparent to David Paxton that the soil in his vineyards was slowly dying. He needed to find another way to farm to ensure soil & vineyard health for the future, so off he went to his first conference on biodynamics in Victoria. Intrigued by Rudolf Steiner and his Biodynamic principles, he thought, 'let's give this a go!' And give it a go, he did.
Returning to Mclaren Vale, David then converted 40+ acres at his newly acquired vineyard site, Quandong Farm. After the first vintage, David was so impressed by the quality of the fruit, moisture retention, and improved quality of the soil that he converted his entire estate, six vineyards across 200 acres to become fully biodynamic completed in 2011.

Today all Paxton Wines are 100% fully certified Organic and Biodynamic. David is still Paxton's head viticulturist, and he keeps a watchful eye on his vines as they continue to thrive.

#mclarenvale #organicwine #mclarenvalewine #shiraz #paxtonwines #quandongfarmshiraz #fleurieupeninsula
#biodynamicwine
#fleurieupeninsula
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This time of year has been dubbed silly season for a reason. With Christmas parties, school holidays, working and vintage around the corner, silly is a bit of an understatement! So Paxton Staff and the Doughballs Team will be taking a few days to rest and recharge this holiday period.

Below is our Summer Holiday Hours. Thank you for all your continued support, and we hope you have a Merry relaxing Christmas!

@ Cellar Door
OPEN every day 10-5 pm
*December 25 CLOSED

@ The Pop Up Wine Bar & Doughballs Pizza
December 24 OPEN 4-8pm
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 OPEN 12-4pm (Doughballs Closed)
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 OPEN 12-4pm
January 2 OPEN 12-4pm

#mclarenvalewine #mclarenvale #mclarenvalecellardoor #supportlocalsa #doughballsau #organicwine #holidayhours #mclarenvalewinery #quandongfarmshiraz

Photo by @jewelchenowethphotography
Flowers and Decor by @vultureviolet.studio @stemhaus_ @memorylaneadelaide @whitemarquee
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What will the 2022 vintage bring? 🧐

“Well, we've had quite unpredictable weather during flowering, a lot of rain and wind, so fruit set has not been the best in all of our vineyards. But that only means that crops will be a little lower than last year, so we might have to spend less energy on bunch thinning. The quality looks like it will be pretty good with beautiful green canopies that have only profited from the spring rains.
In Mclaren Vale, we have had a dry December - one of the driest on record, which has been conducive in eliminating any small amounts of mildew that had started in the rainy spring period.
Overall, everything is looking excellent out there, and I am looking forward to an exciting vintage and lots of new things to come at Paxton!”

-Ashleigh Seymour, Head Winemaker

#vintage2022 #mclarenvale #biodynamicwines #yield #organicwines #winemakers #southaustralia #harvest
...

73 1

Looks like these ones got a little excited!

Veraison \ vé·ré·zon \ noun
: a stage in the ripening process of grapes, the short period during which the firm, green berries begin to soften, change colour and accumulate flavour 🍇

Soon. Very soon people #vintage2022

#tempranillo #véraison #harvest #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #redwine #southaustralia #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

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Say hello to a man with two business hats. Garry Stillwell, the singer/guitarist has performed and shone for over 15 years. You can find him across the Southern Vales humming his sets while he moonlights (or daylights in his case) running his window-washing business!

Garry knows how to read a room and has amassed a following playing laidback acoustic to lively performances that will make you want to dance. You can expect classic renditions from the '60s through today with covers from The Beatles, Creedence, Cold Chisel, INXS, David Bowie, Coldplay and many more.

It's well worth catching Garry in the act as he leaves every atmosphere (and piece of glass) a little bit sparklier than he found it ✨

See you this Friday from 5pm!

#garrystillwell #paxtonpopup #adelaidelivemusic #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #southaustralia #eventsadelaide #mclarenvalewine #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula
...

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Playing gigs in Mclaren Vale since he was 16 years old, Rhys Coventry is no stranger to the locals. His "acoustic chilled out folk" style only compliments his laid-back attitude. And as a local midcoast surfer, he knows how to keep a smile on his face when the weather gets stormy (back in November he happily played here in 20kph gusty winds!)

Rhys is now an established 21-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist who plays his signature Coastal Folk tunes across the Fleurieu Peninsula. But as much as we love his music, his endearing nature has us booking him again and again!

Friday Night Knock-Off's
4-8 pm at Paxton Pop-Up
Music by @rhyscoventry Pizza by @doughballsau
We hope to see you there!

#fleurieupenisula #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #southaustralia #livemusicadelaide #rhyscoventry #doughballsau #organicwine #winebar #acousticmusic
...

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Does this man look familiar? You might have seen Mason Lloyde as a contestant on The Voice Australia 2020!

And lucky for us, he is playing at Paxton this Sunday.

Born in Broken Hill, NSW, Mason is a self-taught guitarist. Initially inspired by Elvis Presley, he went on to unearth his unique sound and elegant yet powerful raspy vocals. With an impressive vocal range and oozing charisma, it's not just us who are big fans of his music!

"So Dynamic" and "Such an elegant voice. Nothing like I've ever heard." -Kelly Rowland

"Phenomenal! Amazing Artistry and what a range" - Delta Goodrem

With excellent music, drinks, pizza and shady lawns, it is time for you and your friends to take advantage of this glorious weather in a Covid-Safe setting.

-FREE ENTRY
-Doors from 10am
-Music from 12pm
-Outside Event
-Social Distancing is easy to do on our spacious lawns
-Food by @doughballsau

#biodynamicwine #organicwine
#eventsadelaide #mclarenvale #adelaidemusic #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula #mclarenvalewine #livemusicsa #masonlloyde
...

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Ben, David and the team at Paxton. We hope your holidays are filled with loved ones, delicious food and, as always, excellent wine!

#merrychristmas #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #tistheseason
...

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// PHOTO CONTEST //
Do you want a cellar loaded with Paxton Wine in 2022?
Just 4 sleeps until Christmas, and we want to give away a mixed vintage case of MV Shiraz (12 bottles) to one of our lucky followers! It's easy to enter: submit a festive photo that includes a bottle of Paxton Wine alongside your holiday dinner and use the hashtag #festivepaxtonxmas. The image we love the most wins our flagship Shiraz valued at over $350!

Check out all the T&C's below.
The contest ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 25! The winner will be announced via our stories on December 28, 2021.

To enter, all you need to do is:
-Follow our Instagram
-Like and share this post on your stories
-Post a photo and use the hashtag #FESTIVEPAXTONXMAS
-Images must include a bottle of PAXTON wine and a food pairing
-Images must be posted between 21/12/21 - 25/12/21
-Contest is available to Australian residents over the age of 18
-Free Shipping to anywhere in Australia
-Enter as many times as you like (we can't wait to see what you are pairing with Paxton wines this Christmas)!

#photocontest #festivepaxtonxmas #mclarenvalewine #freewine #giveaway #winepairing #foodpairing #mclarenvale #paxtonwine

Photo by @rewineoradea
...

49 3

Dying soil changed the course of Paxton Wines; here's how.

In the early 2000s, after nearly 20 years of grape farming, it was becoming apparent to David Paxton that the soil in his vineyards was slowly dying. He needed to find another way to farm to ensure soil & vineyard health for the future, so off he went to his first conference on biodynamics in Victoria. Intrigued by Rudolf Steiner and his Biodynamic principles, he thought, 'let's give this a go!' And give it a go, he did.
Returning to Mclaren Vale, David then converted 40+ acres at his newly acquired vineyard site, Quandong Farm. After the first vintage, David was so impressed by the quality of the fruit, moisture retention, and improved quality of the soil that he converted his entire estate, six vineyards across 200 acres to become fully biodynamic completed in 2011.

Today all Paxton Wines are 100% fully certified Organic and Biodynamic. David is still Paxton's head viticulturist, and he keeps a watchful eye on his vines as they continue to thrive.

#mclarenvale #organicwine #mclarenvalewine #shiraz #paxtonwines #quandongfarmshiraz #fleurieupeninsula
#biodynamicwine
#fleurieupeninsula
...

171 3

This time of year has been dubbed silly season for a reason. With Christmas parties, school holidays, working and vintage around the corner, silly is a bit of an understatement! So Paxton Staff and the Doughballs Team will be taking a few days to rest and recharge this holiday period.

Below is our Summer Holiday Hours. Thank you for all your continued support, and we hope you have a Merry relaxing Christmas!

@ Cellar Door
OPEN every day 10-5 pm
*December 25 CLOSED

@ The Pop Up Wine Bar & Doughballs Pizza
December 24 OPEN 4-8pm
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 OPEN 12-4pm (Doughballs Closed)
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 OPEN 12-4pm
January 2 OPEN 12-4pm

#mclarenvalewine #mclarenvale #mclarenvalecellardoor #supportlocalsa #doughballsau #organicwine #holidayhours #mclarenvalewinery #quandongfarmshiraz

Photo by @jewelchenowethphotography
Flowers and Decor by @vultureviolet.studio @stemhaus_ @memorylaneadelaide @whitemarquee
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