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2020 AAA Shiraz Grenache

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The AAA on the label pays homage to David’s days in the wool trade and was stamped on the best grades of wool by the Guesser. It is a vibrant blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro from some special little pockets amongst our vineyards. The Shiraz was selected from the ‘Gateway’ and ‘Jones Block’ vineyards, renowned for producing some of the best fruit in the region. These select parcels were blended with complimentary Grenache to create a wine that is engaging to a wide range of drinkers. Our blend is fun, appealing and, unlike some members of Paxton, not over the top.

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92/100 Wine Orbit NZ

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Showing sweet berry notes of raspberry and mulberry together with clove and floral, it's juicy and supple on the palate displaying soothing mouthfeel and spicy nuances. Generous and gentle at the same time with a lengthy silky finish. At its best: now to 2027.

Sam Kim, 2021

90/100

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Medium to deep ruby colour from core to rim. Lift of mulberries, charred-meat and sea-spray from the glass. Big and vibrant purple berries, smoky meats and dry herbs all showing across the palate. Good lift of brightening acidity early then firm tannins dry the medium-length finish well. A great BBQ wine, better from the Esky I’d suggest as well

Stuart Knox, 2021

Variety: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro
100%: Organic | Biodynamic
Region: McLaren Vale
Colour: Bright crimson red with a pink hue.
Aroma: Think wild red forest fruits like strawberries and barberries piled high on a creamy, crunchy pavlova. In the background, notes of raspberry leaf tea hint to the partial whole bunches used in the fermentation and completed by a feather-light touch of delicate French oak
Palate: Shiraz and Grenache together makes for such a dynamic blend and decadent mouthfeel. Shiraz bringing the mid palate weight and intensity of fruit flavours, while the spicy liveliness of Grenache pulls everything together for a party on your palate. The finish is just like ending your night with smooth Jazz.
Cellaring:

The AAA is a fantastic wine when young, with potential to get even better in bottle over 10 years plus.

Vintage:

2020 posed many challenges throughout Australia. Another intense drought year through the growing season was followed by one of the most devastating bushfire seasons this country has ever seen. Fortunately McLaren Vale was largely unaffected by this devastation and the early signs indicate 2020 to be a very special vintage; one to savour. Moderate weather throughout the picking season, combined with lower yields allowed the flavours to develop harmoniously and in balance. Varietal expression was excellent with Shiraz and Grenache showing lovely intense flavour without excessive tannin or alcohol. Tempranillo and Graciano are showing lovely plum and pepper characters and will be intriguing to see how they develop after time in oak and bottle.

Vinification:

Individual vineyard parcels of Shiraz and Grenache fermented in a combination of open top and static fermenters. During this process, each parcel was plunged and/or pumped over twice a day for 14 days, to extract colour, flavour and tannin structure. The ferments were pressed to seasoned French oak barriques (225L) and puncheons (500L), where they were nurtured for 9 months prior to blending and bottling

Alcohol: 14.0%
Winemaker: Kate Goodman and Dwayne Cunningham
  • Showing sweet berry notes of raspberry and mulberry together with clove and floral, it's juicy and supple on the palate displaying soothing mouthfeel and spicy nuances. Generous and gentle at the same time with a lengthy silky finish. At its best: now to 2027.

    -Sam Kim Wine Orbit NZ
  • Medium to deep ruby colour from core to rim. Lift of mulberries, charred-meat and sea-spray from the glass. Big and vibrant purple berries, smoky meats and dry herbs all showing across the palate. Good lift of brightening acidity early then firm tannins dry the medium-length finish well. A great BBQ wine, better from the Esky I’d suggest as well

    -Stuart Know - The Real Review

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Weight 1.14 kg

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Budburst in the vineyard has begun... how cute are these little fluffy buds?! 🥰
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What's today? It's Grenache Day! 🥳 Our winemaker Ash, tasting the 2021 vintage straight from barrel here: "Beautiful pine, strawberry and cherry flavours coming through there, very excited for 2021 vintage of Grenache" 🍒

Stay tuned for the 2021 vintage Grenache being released soon! (Current vintage almost sold out, and only available at cellar door)

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Time to smash some avo, it's Guacamole Day! 🌶 We recommend our Tempranillo, variety originally from Spain, as the perfect pairing... come in to cellar door this weekend to try the 2020 vintage - we're almost sold out! 💜

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New look - same great service! 🙋‍♀️ With the launch of our refurbished cellar door coming up... we've also got some flash Paxton shirts for the team!

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Pink pimp your Friday! Our Graciano is a lighter style wine - perfect for the warmer weather today 🎆

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busy bees in a barrel 🐝 we love visits from these little critters! #mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine ...

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An iconic Aussie Shiraz, in an iconic Aussie location! Paxton on the road 🛣 (Quandong Farm Shiraz)

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A day just for dad! We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating today 🎉 Come in for a tasting of our museum resease wines... today only!

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