Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache 2011

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  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Vegan Suitable


Winery/Brand: Paxton Wines


COLOUR: Bright, vibrant cherries with purple hues.
BOUQUET: Fragrant red berry, cherry and spice leap out of the glass followed by subtle savoury notes.
PALATE: Soft, juicy, round red fruit and Christmas pudding flavours. Medium bodied and even, with soft tannins and lingering flavours.
CELLARING: Enjoy young upon release, or cellaring for 8-10 years from vintage will be justly rewarded.
VARIETY: 62% Shiraz, 38% Grenache

Alc 14.0
TA 5.6g/L
pH 3.7



The Story

David Paxton believes that the people who apply the art and science of viticulture are just as important as the winemaker in the making of good wines. That’s why for three decades the Paxtons have nurtured their prized vineyards, some of which were first planted in the 1890s. Our aim is to showcase the intensity of fruit grown biodynamically.

The 8th release of Paxton AAA sees the continuation of our successful (Rhone-style) blend of Shiraz & Grenache. Consistently highly acclaimed by others, this medium bodied wine can be enjoyed with friends on any occasion.

VINTAGE: 2011 was a cool season, with strong vine growth enforcing the importance of viticultural management which resulted in the generation of great flavours at harvest. The rain events were regular in the lead up to picking so the vineyards did not require any irrigation. The fruit flavours are vibrant and structured resulting in fabulous wines across all varieties.

VINIFICATION: Harvested at the optimum ripeness for this wine style, the Shiraz fruit was blended from five premium parcels, the Grenache from three. All were fermented separately, using both open and closed fermenters with careful monitoring. Once pressed, the wine was matured in approx. 50% American and 50% French oak barriques (225L) (approximately 15% new, 85% 1, 2 year and older oak barrels) for 11 months prior to blending and bottling in March 2012.

“ Deep garnet; a decidedly savoury affair of bramble, Provencial garrigue and ripe red fruits; the palate is juicy on entry, tightening up with pronounced tannins and warmth on the finish. ” 90 pts Ben Edwards review from

“ The 2011 vintage is remembered for the relentless rain through harvest, which in most cases necessitates lots of spraying to avoid diseased fruit. McLaren Vale's Paxton clung to its biodynamic principles throughout and managed to deliver quality fruit in trying conditions. The result has been some very nice wines like this one. This is soft and generous with supple tannins and a deft hint of oak. An excellent drink for the next few years while those primary spicy plum and light chocolate characters remain. ” 91/100 Ray Jordan, West Australian, 30th May 2013

The Specs

Wine TypeRed
RegionMcLaren Vale, SA
Alcohol %14
Certified BiodynamicYes
Vegan SuitableYes