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2018 NOW Chardonnay

No Added Preservatives

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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

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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.

Gary Walsh The Winefront, 2018

Variety: Chardonnay
100%: Organic | Biodynamic | Preservative Free
Region: McLaren Vale
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
Cellaring:

Drink “NOW”

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, 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.

Vinification:

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.
No sulphur dioxide or preservatives were added in the making of this wine, however, sulphur dioxide is a natural by product of the fermentation process.

Alcohol: 13.0%
pH: 3.17
TA: 5.85g/L
Total SO2: 0ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
  • 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.

    -Gary Walsh - The Winefront

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Weight 1.33 kg
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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
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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.
  • Assistant winemaker Dwayne watches carefully as he tips the 2019 E J Shiraz berries, which have been through the destemmer, into the fermenting tank #paxtonwines #v19 #v19halliday #organic #biodynamicwine #shiraz #100yearoldvines #wineaustralia #mclarenvale #fleurieu #openfermentation
  • Owen and Nelson hard at work, carefully pitchforking the 1887 handpicked EJ Shiraz grapes into the destemmer before they are tipped into an open top fermenter. They will sit and ferment on the skins for 14 days...nothing but love here. #v19 #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #oldvines #shiraz #EJ #wineaustralia #sawine #v19halliday
  • Paxton on tour in Holland #hoteldewereld where WWII officially ended and a stunning, historic venue.

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