On a recent Wine Ark tasting (http://www.wine-ark.com.au/), winemaker David Paxton presented his wines with witty humour and a great response. As they say, “You can never go wrong with McLaren Vale” – yet he goes further than just good wine, exporting to many countries overseas and already grabbing 5 stars from Halliday’s winery ratings. For the greenies, Paxton has also become the first member of 1% For the Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org). Full biodynamic principles are embraced in Paxton wines which means nutrient-rich, healthy soils for the vines to grow from.
The wines on tasting were deeply appreciated, including the Elizabeth Jean Shiraz (very old fashioned and savoury characters, only 100 cases made in her name (D. Paxton’s mother), complete elegance), Jones Block Shiraz (vibrant, fruity shiraz with mocha, licorice and dark chocolate) and the AAA Shiraz Grenache, as below:
AAA McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache, 2008 – I found the Shiraz Grenache outstanding value. Can drink now but it has way more to offer if you let it age over at least another 2 years. Nose is lifted, opulent and bright with red cherries and raspberries – but no where near a tacky fruit bomb (i.e. overly sweet). Palate has red cherries, warm christmas cake spices, very silky tannins, smooth oak and an elegant finish. Simply delicious! Great balance in a wine especially for $23 rrp, and being such a great wine this will age until 2020+. 14.5% alc.
Keep an eye out for these wines! http://www.paxtonvineyards.com/ (There’s also a little clip about them on their homepage)