2015 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache
The Paxton vineyards are all farmed under biodynamic principles these days, with the wines (arguably) looking better for it. Is it the special preparations or just the extra time spent in the vineyard that is the secret for the increased quality? The jury is still out on that one...
Regardless, this a lovely juicy red blend, full of bright red fruit in a fruit forward, but still savoury, bright as hell style. Loads of fruit, loads of fun, it's a delicious mouthful of wine.
Variety: Shiraz (65%) Grenache (35%)
Colour: Vibrant red with a purple hue
Aroma: A pretty perfume of raspberries and mulberries with a hint pomegranate and tarragon
Palate: Delivers bright red berry fruits with a soft and silky mid palate and finishes with elegant and juicy tannins
Cellaring: This wine gives the best of both worlds: a fantastic wine when young, but careful cellaring for 10 – 15 years will be rewarded
expert reviews about
2015 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache
Both bright and textural throughout. Laced with spice and earth notes but red/black berried fruit holds the floor. Unencumbered by obvious oak but it feels supple and suede-like.Drink by 2022
We're not told how much grenache there is, but it barely matters; this is pure McLaren Vale, with a generous slab of dark chocolate and ripe, savoury/earthy tannins to conclude, shiraz first and foremost. Excellent value.
Don’t see these wines anymore, so thank heavens I leave the house every now and then to taste stuff. Raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, Jersey Caramel, some cut flower stems and a little bit of reductive stink, though a nice stink it is. Medium bodied, grainy tannin,fresh, shapely, fruit richness but not confected. Even some ‘mineral feel’ here, along with ample length. Spot on. Drink: 2014 - 2020. What a bargain.The Wine Front Tasted: Gary Walsh. July 2014.
Paxton has been biodynamic for some years now and the strict discipline no doubt contributes to the quality of fruit, especially for soft and approachable Rhone-style wines such as this. It’s ripe and juicy shiraz grenache blend off McLaren Vale vineyards. Beautiful perfumed fragrances of blueberry and floral rose petal. The palate is rustic and rich with a delicious supple fruit sweetness, balanced by dusty tannins and fine-grained subtle oak. There’s a real sense of vineyard here.The Western Australian
Deep garnet; a decidedly savoury affair of bramble, Provencale garrigue and ripe red fruits; the palate is juicy on entry, tightening up with pronounced tannins and warmth on the finish.To 2026Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Slightly raw and oaky, with a dark, raisined and mocha like bouquet of blackberries, dark plums, chocolate and musky, meaty undertones1 Its assertive, forward presence of dried-out fruit and mocha oak thins out towards a sappy, rather angular finish of licorice-like flavor12013-2016The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
I heard someone say recently that they thought the label looked a little 'home brand' - but the juice is good! Plenty of mixed ripe summer berries here, bright plums too, toasty oak spice and gentle fermented meats. The palate's juicy red fruits roll out with stringy tannins; top balance.NowThe Good Wine Guide
Bright crimson-purple; this is where modern McLaren Vale should be, gloriously fresh and inviting, with controlled alcohol and subtle oak. The varieties are so seamlessly joined all you register is a cascade of red berry fruits and fine-grained tannins. Outstanding value.To 2020Australian Wine Companion 2013
Lifted by a scent of blue and red flowers, this bright, vivacious young blend has a sweet, confiture-like bouquet of blueberries, raspberries, cassis and sweet plums backed by a dusty spiciness and a whiff of white pepper. Long and lively, with a faintly smoky, but brightly lit and juicy palate of mouthfilling black, blue and red berry flavours underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, it finishes with a lingering core of fruit and a vibrant acidity.2015-2018The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Bright crimson; a very well made wine, synergistically balancing the black fruit and tannin structure of the shiraz with the red fruits of the grenache, no money wasted on unnecessary new oak.Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Very spicy and briary, with deeply ripened, earthy aromas of dark plums, briar and beetroot before a flat, firm and drying palate whose forward fruitfulness lacks follow-through, finishing rather dried out and currant-like, with notes of minerals and cola.The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Bright, light clear red-purple; a beautifully modulated and balanced wine with delicious red fruits to the fore, free of any confection characters whatsoever; the structure is outstanding, built on the foundations of silky tannins.Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Smooth and sumptuous, this earthy, meaty Rhone blend has genuine personality. It's heady and spicy, with a deep, dark presence of plums, blackberries, blueberries and raisins backed by notes of prunes, vanilla oak and hints of mocha. Plush and polished, with layers of deep cherry/berry fruit and a firmish spine of loose-knit tannins, it finishes quite savoury, with lingering nuances of minerals and cola.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
It may bear a borrowed triple-A rating but it's absolutely worthy. Attractive peppery fragrance, plenty of spice and rich dark berry fruits, with oak riding across on a smoky wave, some faint tar too. A dense and supple palate, well made and modern with plum and berry flavour, fine ferrous savoury tannins, finishing with resolve and balance.Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Light but fresh crimson colour announces an even fresher and brighter wine on the palate, with juicy raspberry notes ex the grenache (33%) adding life to the quality shiraz (67%).Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
This wine may not be 100 per cent organically grown, but a lot of the Paxton vineyards are grown either organically or biodynamically. A gorgeous example of regional shiraz. It tastes of raspberries and aniseed, though there's a chocolatey creaminess too, and a mesmerising smoothness. Wines as big as this often seem overdone, but this one doesn't. It's bright and rich and beautiful.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Deep, dark and briary, with meaty, licorice-like aromas of blueberries and plums backed by dark chocolate and mocha-like oak. Smooth and sumptuous, forward and juicy, its vibrant palate of blackberries, dark plums, blueberries and dark cherries sits comfortably with smooth, smart vanilla oak and meaty undertones. Very balanced and stylish; a huge improvement in this wine.Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Paxton is not only one of the largest growers of wine grapes in McLaren Vale, but also one of the most progressive. They run a number of their vineyards along biodynamic principles, and in recent years have lifted their wine quality markedly. 2006 RELEASE This has got the lot: flavour of meat, chocolate, minerals and crushed blackberries, the main ticket being the richness of McLaren Vale red grapes - rather than excessive oak. Elements of it taste like dry licorice, and it lingers tastily, and lengthily, in your mouth long after you've swallowed it. A beauty. DRINK 2008-2014.The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Has the richness and texture which is largely unique to McLaren Vale for this blend; blackberry shiraz, red cherry grenache; very good balance and finish.Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Fresh, fragrant and delicious fruit-driven style; raspberry, cherry and blackberry; minimal tannin and oak inputs, but excellent length.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006