NOW by PAXTON stands for NATURAL ORGANIC WINE. The consumer market demand has been growing steadily for Preservative Free/Natural wines. As leaders in organic production, it was obvious that Paxton needed a product for this category. In addition to Natural, PF & Organic, we wanted to make a young, drink NOW style Chardonnay that was different from our existing Chardonnay style.
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91/100 The Winefront
91/100 The Winefront
Gary Walsh The Winefront, 2018
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic | Preservative Free|
|Colour:||Bright greeny straw|
|Aroma:||A delightful fragrance of melted butter on warm hot cross buns, a hint of butterscotch and honeycomb|
|Palate:||A delicious mouth feel of golden sultanas, ginger, pumpkin seed and a lovey citrus finish packed with minerality|
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, especially in Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. 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.
Selector harvested in the cool of the night once the grapes have reached optimum sugar and flavour equilibrium. Whole berry pressed, cold settled then the clear juice is racked off solids, warmed and fermented between 13-15oc. Post primary fermentation, the wine is warmed to 20oc to encourage secondary fermentation (malolactic fermentation). The yeast and malo lees are stirred for 3-4 weeks prior to blending and bottling.
91 points - Brine and fino sherry, a bit of toffee, nuts, white fleshed fruit. Round and saline, chalky and nutty, balanced acidity and a textured finish of good length. Different style but doing it well.