2015 Paxton "AAA" Shiraz-Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $22)

SKU #1327890 96 points James Halliday

 A 65/35% blend, matured in French barriques. A Shiraz-Grenache that only McLaren Vale can provide: complex, rich and layered, black and red fruits providing a mosaic of flavours on the medium+-bodied palate. The tannin and oak management can't be faulted — it's a lovely wine at a bargain basement price.  (4/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 AAA Shiraz Grenache has a lifted nose of black cherries, black raspberries and star anise with hints of dried Provence herbs and roses. Medium-bodied, soft, juicy, ripe and infinitely more-ish (makes you want more), this has lovely purity and a long, spicy finish. (LPB)  (8/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry-vanilla, lavender and white pepper, along with a suggestion of woodsmoke in the background. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red and blue fruit flavors, a touch of spiciness and building florality. Smooth tannins shape the finish, which clings with strong, floral-driven persistence. (JR)  (10/2017)

Raymond Chan

 Full, very dark, near impenetrable black-hued red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is fine and firm with aromas of blackberry and dark-red berry fruits melded with subtle layers of earth and dried herbs, along with nuances of red liquorice, black pepper and spices. Medium-bodied, the palate has well-presented flavours of dark raspberry fruit with black notes, along with spices, pepper and subtle notes of earth and herbs. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction, structure and line, the plate sweetness lending accessibility. The wine carries to an elegant, moderately long finish of sweet dark-red and black fruits. This is an elegant Shiraz/Grenache blend with dark raspberry and black fruit flavours and subtle earth and herb notes on a supple palate. Serve with tapas and barbecued red meats over the next 5+ years. A blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Grenache, destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in seasoned French oak barriques. Certified NASAA biodymamic. *Four Stars*  (1/2017)

K&L Notes

A pretty perfume of raspberries and mulberries with a hint of pomegranate and tarragon. The palate delivers bright red berry fruits with a soft and silky mid-palate and a finish of elegant and juicy tannins. *Biodynamic, Organic*

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2018 | Send Email
Beautifully balanced wine! I am always a little shy of Australian Rhone blends, but there is no over-oaked, sweet style here. This is as elegant as they come. What really shines through is the classic red plum notes of Grenache, underscored by the light spice and tangy savory element from the Syrah. I'd highly recommend this wine for those looking for a new example of Australian red blends, or for those just looking for a new favorite versatile red blend.

Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2018 | Send Email
David Paxton, owner of the Paxton Winery not only believes in the uniqueness of his terroir, he has wants his vineyards to be full of life! “I’m sure biologically active soils provide flavor at lower alcohol levels” he told the press. Mr. Paxton’s biodynamic framing practices promote diverse life on his land by eliminating herbicides and pesticides, encouraging assorted vegetation among the vines and he also looks to nature first for answers when issues arise. Paxton is leading the way in Australia as its largest winery currently observing biodynamics and organic practices on its 80 hectares. Even at a modest $16.99 it is possible to have a robust red blend that is earth friendly, expertly crafted to have modest alcohol and gets rave reviews! The bouquet is not loud like some higher alcohol wines can be but more nuanced and even tempered. On the nose the AAA shows black fruit and dry bramble at first take. Cassis, eucalyptus, and anise build in the glass with more vigorous swirling and now the wine really starts to come to life. The palate is full and giving without being flabby (again modest alcohol helps). A lifted mid palate and the medium tannins allow all of the flavors hinted at on the nose to shine right through for a harmony of fruit, earthiness, and mint. Tasty on its own but with a meal it could really sing.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2018 | Send Email
What an incredible value for a wine with so much punch and that has had so much effort put into making it. McLaren Vale sits along the coast of South Austrlia, and the terroir of this location shines through in this wine. It is bright and powerful, with incredibly engaging fruit and mineral character. This has all the hallmarks of an Aussie Shiraz, but with freshness and originality to boot. It can be hard to maintain an organic/biodynamic standard when wineries around you don't follow suit, but Paxton has stuck to its guns and its wines have come out all the better for it.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2018 | Send Email
This is and it isn't what you would expect from an Australian Shiraz blend. It has the fruit, plenty of dark cherry and plums but it has a coolness and focus with modest spice and a muted floral note. Super fine tannins, thank you Grenache, and good acidity move the dark, lightly peppered, fruit on the palate giving it a more European feel. The Syrah component reads almost like a great Crozes. Purity and complexity, you taste the attention to detail. This is a wine that will appeal to any drinker, whether your old world or new in your drinking preference.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2018 | Send Email
Every once in a while there's a buzz around the shop for a particular producer - folks that try dozens of wines a day will make sure their colleague took the time to taste a certain wine. Such is the case for Paxton's 2015 AAA. It shows great purity and freshness, refined texture, and is a very graceful rendition of a Grenache and Syrah blend. Those who adore cool-climate Syrah or elegant CdP will find a lot to love, while those looking for a top under-$20 pick will be thrilled with this gem.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2018 | Send Email
An absolutely delightful wine from a lovely Biodynamic winery. The Paxton AAA Shiraz/Grenache blend shows lifted dark fruit as well as red berry on the nose with hints of spice. There is a surprising amount of complexity here with layers of berry, floral, spice and oak tannin. While the Shiraz certainly adds structure this is not a big heavy wine, rather it leans into a medium fresh body with acid to help move it along to the finish.

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Rhone Blends



- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14