Biodynamics is the most advanced form of organic farming. It uses natural preparations and composts, to bring the soil and the vine into balance, resulting in exceptionally pure and expressive fruit. Healthy vines make better wines

 

-David Paxton

What is Biodynamic Wine?

 

The foundation of biodynamic farming is soil health. This does not simply mean the adjustment of nutrient levels. Our farming aims to maintain a balanced and diverse population of soil biology. Compost applications initiate conditions favourable to soil micro-organisms which are active in making nutrients available to plants in a natural form. Vegetation and composts are broken down to form humus which improves soil structure and better holds water and nutrients. Irrigation inputs are thus reduced.

 

Synthetic fertilisers and pesticides which damage the soil biology are not used which allows the natural system to operate without interruption. Weeds are controlled by straw mulching or careful machine weeding. Increased soil activity has a flow on effect. The earthworm population increases rapidly and greater volumes of soil are aerated and made available for exploration by plant roots.

The farm is seen as a whole organism rather than a series of problems to be solved individually. It is the intention that PAXTON vineyards mimic the characteristics of a natural system. In this endeavour we seek to promote diversity and allow natural balance to counter the effects of pests or disease. New vineyards are propagated from our old, existing vines rather than using identical clonal material. This maintains the subtle differences between each vine and produces wines of greater individuality.

 

Between the vine rows we promote a variety of plant life, each providing different habitat and nutrient profiles. The incorporation of bee hives improves grape pollination and seed production of the mid-row plants.

The main biodynamic composts are produced primarily from cow manure. Manure tainted with treatments makes poor compost, and therefore, to ensure the integrity of our compost, we maintain our own small herd of non-drenched cattle for this purpose.

 

The necessity to focus on the smallest details is rewarded by great benefits. We now spend far more time digging amongst the weeds. Observing what is happening below the ground gets as much attention as what happens above.

 

The ultimate result, we hope, is a range of wines that highlight the individuality of the vineyard, vintage and the actions of the people who are the temporary custodians of the land.​​​​​

Why the Bee?

 

Vines do not need bees, but they need plants for a healthier environment; that’s where the bees come into it. Bees are the primary pollinators of plants, which then aid in the natural replenishment of important soil nutrients.

 

The flowers that need bees then attract more bugs, and hence the healthy ecosystems begins. Keeping this biodiversity in balance eliminates the need for chemicals.

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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