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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
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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Weight 1.33 kg
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The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

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Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

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Vegan Australia
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  • 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
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  • The following statement received today from Vegan Australia is consistent with advice we received before labelling our biodynamic wines as “Vegan Friendly”. We do not use animal products in the winemaking process.

Vegan certification and harm to animals before harvest

The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

There are alternative methods of farming, such as veganics and stock-free farming, that try to address some of these issues, such as avoiding pesticides and animal fertilisers. However these are not yet used widely enough to produce food to feed a vegan world.

Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

Greg McFarlane
Vegan Australia
  • Soaking & sealing the new 500 litre puncheons to be used in gracefully barrel aging our beloved 2019 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache.

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