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This is McLaren Vale Shiraz at its finest. From the acclaimed ‘Jones Block’, this wine is well regarded for its generous, yet elegant style. A small parcel was selected from our century old vines for complex fruit flavours and seamless structure. Grapes are hand pruned; wine is aged in fine grained French and American oak. As always, no corners cut. A rich, savoury and spicy blend, this wine has a fleshy middle palate and great length. Enjoyed with food, a glass or three of Paxton is certain to spice up the evening.
96/100 Wine Orbit NZ
96/100 Wine Orbit NZ
Sam Kim, 2021
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic|
|Colour:||Dark purple with amber red hues|
|Aroma:||Concentrated clarity of fruit with blueberries, ripe plum and a hint of black pepper, supported with a lovely hint of spicy French oak that gives a savoury lift|
|Palate:||A premium single vineyard Shiraz that is rich, dense and mouth-filling with flavour. The palate shows exceptional fruit quality and a sublime integration of premium French oak. Richness, depth and concentrated fruit flavour with notes of plums and blackcurrant give this wine amazing length and power|
|Drink With:||Scotch fillet or porterhouse steak|
This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 10-30 years will be rewarded
2018 gave us 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 within our Mediterranean red varietals. The whites reached fruit ripeness with low acidity therefore producing a very bright and vibrant flavour profile. All and all, a very strong 2018 vintage with fantastic wines.
Hand picked at optimum sugar and flavour equilibrium, the grapes were kept on skins for 15 days. The ferment was pumped over and plunged twice a day to extract colour, flavour and tannin structure. Once pressed, we used a combination of French and American oak barriques (40% new) for maturation of up to 22 months prior to blending and bottling. This wine was cellared for a further 6 months prior to release.
|Winemaker:||Dwayne Cunningham and Kate Goodman|
This is superbly expressed on the nose showing blackberry, dark plum, cedar, warm spice and subtle cocoa notes, followed by a concentrated palate delivering terrific fruit power and richness. It's wonderfully framed by loads of polished tannins, finishing delectably long and hugely appealing. At its best: 2022 to 2038.