McLaren Vale, South Australia
Our flagship limited release EJ Shiraz made from Shiraz vines planted in 1887. Delicate front exploding with a concentration of savoury fruit, supported by full, silky tannins unique to old vine wine.
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!
- Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Sub Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Vintage 2021
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Shiraz
- Variety Composition
Organic | Biodynamic
- Vegan Friendly ✔
- Organic Wine ✔
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 14.5%
- Standard Drinks 8.6
- Vintage Notes
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.
- Vineyard Notes
130 year old vines from Thomas Block, Sand Road McLaren Vale
Deep inky crimson red with scarlet sparkles
Elizabeth Jean is more graceful than ever before, an intricate brew of cracked cardamom, black pepper and sandalwood with drizzlings of wild raspberry syrup.
Like walking a tightrope between two peaks in the Swiss alps the tannins are taut and fine, the fruit luscious and mouth-watering all coming together with the elegance of French women’s fashion in the 1950s.
- Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
GOOD: Christmas 2022 BETTER: Winter 2024-2028 BEST: 2029-2040
- Food Matches
Eye Fillet Steak or Beef Cheeks
From our latest ripening vineyard, grapes were hand-picked at the in mid-March and gently destemmed into small open vats for fermentation. Hand-plunged daily by the winemaking team for around 20 days before pressing and racking to French oak barrels and puncheons, around 20% new and the rest 2-4 years old. Oak ageing lasted for 18 months before each barrel was tasted and only the best selected for this premium Single Vineyard wine , before further bottle ageing for minimum six months before release. Only 50 cases produced.
- Music Match
In he Heat of the Morning—The Last Shadow Puppets