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2020 EJ Shiraz

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Our flagship wine, the EJ Shiraz is named after David Paxton’s mother and family matriarch Elizabeth Jean.

A limited release wine, the EJ Shiraz is sourced from vines originally planted in 1887  from our Thomas Block vineyard, which is renowned for producing fruit of exceptional flavour and natural balance. The Shiraz vines are amongst the oldest in McLaren Vale and are carefully hand pruned and thinned to ensure the low and uniform yields required for super premium Shiraz.

Although still very young, the wine shows classic McLaren Vale Shiraz characteristics, with an elegant, delicate front exploding with a concentration of savoury fruit, supported by full, silky tannins unique to old vine wine.

An exemplary Shiraz not to be missed!

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Variety: Shiraz
100%: Organic | Biodynamic
Region: McLaren Vale
Vineyard: Thomas Block
Colour: Deep crimson red with purple hues
Aroma: A powerful yet graceful nose, with deep riberry and blackberry characters, a touch of mountain pepper leaf and cassia bark add to the complexity
Palate: Full bodied wine with startling intensity yet a brightness at the same time. Elegant like slipping into a velvet suit or dress and heading to the opera in Paris. Fine, slightly chalky tannins are juxtaposed against a typically generous Shiraz mid-palate and long, lingering hints of cacao beans and roasted fennel seeds
Drink With: Eye Fillet Steak or Beef Cheeks
Cellaring:

This wine can be enjoyed young, however careful cellaring for 10-30 years will be rewarded

Vinification:

Hand picking is the only way these grapes can be harvested. Following picking, we ferment the fruit in an open fermenter - monitoring temperature and gently hand plunging twice daily. Once pressed, we put away the pumps and gravity feed the wine into barrel. This is where the EJ rests in the 100% French Oak Barriques for 22 months. We then gravity feed the wine into tank ready for bottling. Once bottled, we cellar the EJ Shiraz for another 18 months prior to release.

Alcohol: 14.0%
Winemaker: Ashleigh Seymour
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Description

Pre Release Offer! Release date May 2022
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Weight 1.2 kg

These views ✨

The rolling vineyards of Jones Block Shiraz never cease to take our breath away. Planted in the 60s, you can find this slice of heaven looking out over the Gulf of St. Vincent and nestled neatly between d'Arenberg and SC Pannell cellar doors 📍

Learn more about what makes this parcel of land so special.
Link in bio

#paxtonwines #jonesblockshiraz #shiraz #mclarenvale #singlevineyard #southaustralianwine #organicwine #biodynamicwine #vineyard #southaustralia
...

Elizabeth Jean // Matriarch, Mother and Shiraz Lover

EJ was one special lady. In fact, she was so important to her son, David Paxton, that he crafted a limited release Shiraz to commemorate her 100th Birthday!

Now that's love.

With Mothers Day around the corner, it seemed fitting to offer a pre-release of the 2020 EJ to all of our loyal shiraz appreciators 🙂

Pre-order now: Link in Bio

'Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz characteristics, with an elegant, delicate front exploding with a concentration of savoury fruit, supported by full, silky tannins unique to old vine wine.
An exemplary Shiraz not to be missed!'

#elizabethjean #paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA
...

Basket pressing our amphora Shiraz from Thomas Block today. Now we are really done. It will now go back to the amphora 🏺 to rest a little while@until@we deem it ready for your tastebuds.
A big thanks to Jordan Hein from @moorak_ wines for lending the tools and @laurenlangfieldwines for playing the middlewoman!
Please check out the exciting things these guys are doing with their own wines.
...

What mum really wants 🤔

Looking for somewhere to take mum on May 8th? We have a place the kids can run wild, the wine is flowing, the pizza is mindblowing, and Grandma can hear. Join us for Mother's Day at The Paxton Pop-Up with Live Music, Food Trucks and more...

-Live music from 12-3 by Gene Phoa
-Hamper Giveaway for one lucky mum
-Free Glass of Pinot Gris on arrival for mum
-Food sold by Doughballs & TACH Stroopwafel
And, of course, organic and biodynamic wines by us.

Link in Bio.
...

Last press! 🍾

It's been a wild one #V22
Now it's time for us to put our tannin-stained feet up and celebrate with a glass (or 3) of fizz!

#vintage2022 #paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA
...

Kate Goodman has made the cover of WBM 🤩

We feel so fortunate to have the incredibly talented Kate as a friend and consultant winemaker here at Paxton Wines!

"I created a space where I had space to work on my own terms," she says. "I don't know if that's a luxury or if it's smart." Kate's smile lights up a room.

-Read the full article in @wbmmagazine written by the talented @katiespainwrites

#paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA #winebusinessmagazine #WBM #kategoodman #katiespain
...

Nobody puts Mataro in the corner!

At Landcross Farm, we have an exceptional vineyard of bush vine Mataro, and we felt it needed its turn to shine. So we expanded the Queen of the Hive range to include the *NEW* Shiraz Mataro blend.

"We can have more fun with it [Mataro]; it doesn't have to be serious as it can often be portrayed." - Ash, Head Winemaker at Paxton

And as much as Ash enjoyed creating it, critics are slurping it up too 😉

Our not-so-serious Mataro Shiraz blend scored 91points from The Real Review as their Minimal Intervention Wine of the Week!

To read the full review - Link in Bio

#paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA #mataro #minimalinterventionwine #therealreview
...

A wine with a view 🙌

Sitting on the back deck of our cellar door is a whole sensory experience. Singing magpies, rustling She-oaks, and lush nature as far as the eye can see. Ahead is our hilly Landcross Vineyard, where our Mediterranean varietals are grown: Grenache, Mataro and Tempranillo.

For an assault of the senses - book yourself in for a tasting 😉 👆

#paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA #vineyard #mataro #grenache #tempranillo
...

Here for a good time, not a long time!

Meet Milano native Jacapo, 29. His passion for working with Grenache brought him to McLaren Vale for the 2022 season.
No stranger to vintage work, he has been travelling to pursue his love for interesting wine regions for over 8 years now!

He admits it's a solid day's work, but he is drawn to the variety of the days, dynamic movements and intensity of the vintage.

An absolute pleasure to work alongside; we are so grateful to people like Jacapo, who fly in to lend us a hand when we need it most!

#paxtonwines #vintage2022 #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale
...

Happy Easter from all of us here at Paxton Wines!

How sweet is this highland cow?

We have two pet cattle on our Thomas Block vineyard, a mother and daughter who have been with us for years now. They live the good life, feasting on pats and hay. Technically they don't contribute to our vineyard but we just love having them around!

#paxtonwines #highlandcows #mclarenvale #happyeaster
...

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These views ✨

The rolling vineyards of Jones Block Shiraz never cease to take our breath away. Planted in the 60s, you can find this slice of heaven looking out over the Gulf of St. Vincent and nestled neatly between d'Arenberg and SC Pannell cellar doors 📍

Learn more about what makes this parcel of land so special.
Link in bio

#paxtonwines #jonesblockshiraz #shiraz #mclarenvale #singlevineyard #southaustralianwine #organicwine #biodynamicwine #vineyard #southaustralia
...

Elizabeth Jean // Matriarch, Mother and Shiraz Lover

EJ was one special lady. In fact, she was so important to her son, David Paxton, that he crafted a limited release Shiraz to commemorate her 100th Birthday!

Now that's love.

With Mothers Day around the corner, it seemed fitting to offer a pre-release of the 2020 EJ to all of our loyal shiraz appreciators 🙂

Pre-order now: Link in Bio

'Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz characteristics, with an elegant, delicate front exploding with a concentration of savoury fruit, supported by full, silky tannins unique to old vine wine.
An exemplary Shiraz not to be missed!'

#elizabethjean #paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA
...

Basket pressing our amphora Shiraz from Thomas Block today. Now we are really done. It will now go back to the amphora 🏺 to rest a little while@until@we deem it ready for your tastebuds.
A big thanks to Jordan Hein from @moorak_ wines for lending the tools and @laurenlangfieldwines for playing the middlewoman!
Please check out the exciting things these guys are doing with their own wines.
...

What mum really wants 🤔

Looking for somewhere to take mum on May 8th? We have a place the kids can run wild, the wine is flowing, the pizza is mindblowing, and Grandma can hear. Join us for Mother's Day at The Paxton Pop-Up with Live Music, Food Trucks and more...

-Live music from 12-3 by Gene Phoa
-Hamper Giveaway for one lucky mum
-Free Glass of Pinot Gris on arrival for mum
-Food sold by Doughballs & TACH Stroopwafel
And, of course, organic and biodynamic wines by us.

Link in Bio.
...

Last press! 🍾

It's been a wild one #V22
Now it's time for us to put our tannin-stained feet up and celebrate with a glass (or 3) of fizz!

#vintage2022 #paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA
...

Kate Goodman has made the cover of WBM 🤩

We feel so fortunate to have the incredibly talented Kate as a friend and consultant winemaker here at Paxton Wines!

"I created a space where I had space to work on my own terms," she says. "I don't know if that's a luxury or if it's smart." Kate's smile lights up a room.

-Read the full article in @wbmmagazine written by the talented @katiespainwrites

#paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA #winebusinessmagazine #WBM #kategoodman #katiespain
...

Nobody puts Mataro in the corner!

At Landcross Farm, we have an exceptional vineyard of bush vine Mataro, and we felt it needed its turn to shine. So we expanded the Queen of the Hive range to include the *NEW* Shiraz Mataro blend.

"We can have more fun with it [Mataro]; it doesn't have to be serious as it can often be portrayed." - Ash, Head Winemaker at Paxton

And as much as Ash enjoyed creating it, critics are slurping it up too 😉

Our not-so-serious Mataro Shiraz blend scored 91points from The Real Review as their Minimal Intervention Wine of the Week!

To read the full review - Link in Bio

#paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA #mataro #minimalinterventionwine #therealreview
...

A wine with a view 🙌

Sitting on the back deck of our cellar door is a whole sensory experience. Singing magpies, rustling She-oaks, and lush nature as far as the eye can see. Ahead is our hilly Landcross Vineyard, where our Mediterranean varietals are grown: Grenache, Mataro and Tempranillo.

For an assault of the senses - book yourself in for a tasting 😉 👆

#paxtonwines #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #organicwine #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale #iChooseSA #vineyard #mataro #grenache #tempranillo
...

Here for a good time, not a long time!

Meet Milano native Jacapo, 29. His passion for working with Grenache brought him to McLaren Vale for the 2022 season.
No stranger to vintage work, he has been travelling to pursue his love for interesting wine regions for over 8 years now!

He admits it's a solid day's work, but he is drawn to the variety of the days, dynamic movements and intensity of the vintage.

An absolute pleasure to work alongside; we are so grateful to people like Jacapo, who fly in to lend us a hand when we need it most!

#paxtonwines #vintage2022 #southaustralianwine #mclarenvale
...

Happy Easter from all of us here at Paxton Wines!

How sweet is this highland cow?

We have two pet cattle on our Thomas Block vineyard, a mother and daughter who have been with us for years now. They live the good life, feasting on pats and hay. Technically they don't contribute to our vineyard but we just love having them around!

#paxtonwines #highlandcows #mclarenvale #happyeaster
...

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