Jones Block Shiraz
McLaren Vale, South Australia
A celebrated McLaren Vale single vineyard Shiraz, offering plum and dark blackberry aromas combined with a rich robust mouthfeel. A hint of vanilla and spice from lovely integrated French oak adds the finishing touch
This is McLaren Vale Shiraz at its finest. From the acclaimed ‘Jones Block’, this wine is well regarded for its generous, yet elegant style. A small parcel was selected from our century old vines for complex fruit flavours and seamless structure. Grapes are hand pruned; wine is aged in fine grained French and American oak. As always, no corners cut. A rich, savoury and spicy blend, this wine has a fleshy middle palate and great length. Enjoyed with food, a glass or three of Paxton is certain to spice up the evening.
- Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Sub Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Vintage 2020
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Shiraz
- Variety Composition
Organic | Biodynamic
- Vegan Friendly ✔
- Organic Wine ✔
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 14%
- Standard Drinks 8.3
- Closure ScrewCap
- Bottling Date
- Vintage Notes
2019 Vintage saw below average rainfall over spring and virtually no rain during summer leading to a heavy reliance on irrigation. This together with a severe hail storm in November, the hottest day in South Australia since 2009 and regular maximum temperatures over 36 degree Celsius in February made for some challenges. However, our close proximity to the St Vincent Gulf did help moderate some extreme weather events. All in all we saw smaller tonnages with more intense flavour in the fruit. Another consistent year for Pinot Gris and Grenache, with early signs the Shiraz will carry great density of fruit flavours moving forward.
- Vineyard Notes
There’s a newly refined elegance in this subtle but powerful wine. Scones with lashings of boysenberry jam and a rubbing of thyme stems, dried cranberries and an incense of clove, cassia and sandalwood give hints to the French oak barriques that were delicately used to shape this wine.
A wine that warms your bones and takes you to a coastal retreat in southern Tasmania in the depths of winter, watching the waves roll in with a pot of soup bubbling away on the stove. This wine is surprisingly lifted like the ebb of the rolling waves with poised, gravelly tannins lingering like water soaking into the beachfront sand.
- Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
GOOD: Winter 2022 BETTER: Winter 2025 BEST: Winter 2029—2034
Grapes were hand-picked at the end of February and 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, around 20% new and the rest 2-4 years old. Oak ageing lasted for 20 months before each barrel was tasted and only the best selected for this premium Single Vineyard wine.
- Music Match
Red Right Hand—Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds