The AAA on the label pays homage to David's days in the wool trade and was stamped on the best grades of wool by the Guesser. It is a vibrant blend of approximately 62% Shiraz and 38% Grenache from some special little pockets amongst our vineyards. The Shiraz was selected from the ‘Gateway' and ‘Jones Block’ vineyards, renowned for producing some of the best fruit in the region. These select parcels were blended with complimentary Grenache to create a wine that is engaging to a wide range of drinkers. Our blend is fun, appealing and, unlike some members of Paxton, not over the top.
2015 AAA - 96pt James Halliday, Wine Companion, Apr 2017
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.
2015 AAA - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front Review, Sep 2016
It’s a throaty expression of Shiraz Grenache, and while it feels a bit warmer than its stated 14% alcohol, there’s no doubt it delivers 100% flavour. Blackberry and raspberry, some liquorice and chocolate, leather and gamey aromas. It’s full bodied, saturated with flavour and fine grained tannins, feels aglow with alcohol, but holds it together and finishes long and savoury. Hearty wine.
2014 AAA - 92pt Halliday Wine Companion 2017
2014 AAA - 87pt - Wine Spectator 2016
2013 AAA - 93pt - Halliday Wine Companion 2016
2013 AAA - 88pt - Robert Parker 2015
Medium garnet/purple, the 2013 AAA Shiraz Grenache has intense black cherry, mulberry and kirsch notes with hints of spice box, pepper, tar and meat. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is soft, velvety and rich with spicy, peppery flavors and a long finish. Cellaring potential 2018