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Welcome to Paxton

For 4 decades we’ve nurtured our vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia. During this time our philosophy and reputation has been built on growing grapes of exceptional quality. Our mission now is to showcase quality, varietal expression and natural regional diversity within a range of wines that will indulge lovers of the finest drop. It’s been heads down, tails up for everyone at Paxton, for as long as we can remember, and while we have been working we’ve become one of McLaren Vale’s most respected wine producers. 

Visit our Cellar Door at historic Landcross Farm, situated on the gateway to McLaren Vale.

Reviews & Accolades

  • Deep garnet: there is a sappy complexity to the bouquet that is beguiling, with ripe red fruits, well-handled oak, and a hint of jasmine; the palate reveals more toasty oak notes, with fine-grained tannins and velvety texture a feature of the long finish: an elegant expression of the region. 95/100

    2009 Paxton EJ Shiraz
    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
  • An almost half-half blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, this biodynamic wine is priced in quaffing territory but delivers more than your average quaffer. Bright aromas of blackberry, redcurrant, dust and mint lead into rich flavours of cherry, blackcurrant, chocolate and liquorice that are supported by fine, grippy tannins and some vibrant acidity. There's some persistence to the finish, too. 4/5

    2010 Paxton Guesser Cabernet Shiraz
    Ben Thomas, Melbourne Weekly, 10th May 2012
  • A dark and layered bouquet full of black fruits, red fruit highlight, hints of mocha and licorice; the palate is full-blooded, ample and generous, with ripe chewy tannins and fresh acidity lingering on the finish. 94/100

    2010 Paxton Jones Block Shiraz
    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2014 Edition
  • An excellent food wine with dark, rich, fruit characters and bold, chewy tannins. Offers good cellaring potential.

    2010 Paxton The Vale Cabermet
    Winestate, July - August 2012
  • “The Paxtons of McLaren Vale have been using sustainable farming methods for several years but the 2010 vintage, including this single vineyard chardy, is one of the first wines produced since Paxton earned its stripes as a fully biodynamic producer. Bright and tight with clean citrus and melon fruit flavours, background French oak characters and a crisp finish."

    2010 Paxton Thomas Block Chardonnay
    Kerry Skinner, Illawara Mercury
  • 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

    2011 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache
    Ray Jordan, West Australian, 30th May 2013
  • "SAVOURY" is a great word to describe red wine that's not just full of juicy dark fruit but is drier, more earthy, more food-friendly. This terrific tempranillo is definitely in the savoury vein: it has hints of old leather and warm soil and dried mushrooms - all characters that make it taste absolutely delicious with succulent Spanish-style roast lamb.

    2011 Paxton Tempranillo
    Max Allen, The Australian, 21st May 2013
  • Low-ish alcohol, biodynamically grown, no yeast or acid added, all old oak, limited SO2. It sounds downright un-Australian. But it's a very interesting wine. Highly drinkable too. It feels good in the mouth, has good carry through the finish, has no lack of up-front flavour, shows no alcohol warmth and has a velvety grapeyness that is quite captivating. I'm sold on it. Dark cherries, violets, a hint of oxidation but in a positive sense. Beautifully formed tannin too. 91/100

    2012 Paxton Graciano
    Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, 3rd January 2014
  • Biodynamically-grown shiraz from McLaren Vale. Small proportion of whole bunches. Grapes come from four separate vineyards. Spends extended time on skins and is matured in both French and American oak. Excellent release. Tasty plus. Plums and blackberries, hay and sweet, roasted, milky coffee. Tannin through the finish is a case of Not Too Much, Not Too Little. Crowd-pleasing style but quality in its own right. Price isn't bad either. 92/100

    2012 Paxton MV Shiraz
    Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, 3rd January 2014
  • Single vineyard wine out of McLaren Vale. Biodynamically grown. Wild fermented. This is a lighter expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz. That's a good thing. It's high on aromatics and juicy, light-on-its-feet drinkability. It tastes of black cherry, blueberry, peppercorn and blackberry. More or less in that order of emphasis. There's a smoky, clovey, come-hither note to nose, though it's a sophisticated invitation rather than a sleazy one. Everything is dotted and crossed. It'll grow more complex with age, too.

    2012 Paxton Quandong Farm Shiraz
    Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, 3rd January 2014
  • One of this region's biodynamic leaders has gone a step further, whole bunch and wild ferment winemaking adding a luscious texture and body. It's rich and almost unctuous, redolent with ripe stone fruits, and has a place at the dinner table where richer white meats are on the menu. 4 Stars

    2013 Paxton Pinot Gris
    Brisbane Courier Mail, Taste Section, 30th July 2013
  • Made from grapes specifically grown for this wine, and was given 24 hours' skin contact, then cool-fermented like a white wine - the secret weapon 5% fermented in new French oak. Bright fuschia-pink, it has red cherry/strawberry aromas, the palate building convincingly with seamless fruit in the same register, mouthfilling and pleasingly dry. 95/100

    2013 Paxton Rose
    James Halliday, Wine Companion Newsletter, 21st August 2013