Paxton Vineyards

McLaren Vale

Red 5 Star Rated Winery – By James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2018

David Paxton has been one of McLaren Vale’s most successful and well respected viticulturalists,
spanning 40 years. He started with a successful growing business in the late 1970’s which has
evolved into the premium wine business and renown 200 acres of vineyard sites that he has today.

There are seven vineyards in the family holdings: the Thomas Block with 125 yr old vines (28ha),
the Jones Block (22ha), Quandong Farm (19ha), Landcross Farm (2ha) and Maslin Vineyard
(3.5ha) and the 19th Hole and Gateway vineyards. All are certified biodynamic with conversion of
the entire estate from 2004, making Paxton one of the largest biodynamic producers in Australia.

Winemaker Richard Freebairn joined Paxton in 2014 from Serafino Wines where he was
instrumental in helping them win trophies for Tempranillo and Grenache. Richard worked in
Margaret River, Swan Valley and Sonoma Valley before moving to the Barossa Valley where he
worked with superstars Stuart Blackwell, Tim Smith and Matt Gant before becoming Assistant
Winemaker at Jim Barry Wines in the Clare Valley.

Our winemaking style is simply described as ‘minimal intervention’ to allow the fruit do the
talking. Our wines are more restrained & elegant in approach with pronounced sumptuous fruit
on the palate. Not overly extracted or over-the-top in overall flavour and body weight. More of a
classic Rhone-style approach to Shiraz & Grenache & slightly lower in alcohol.

We are 100% estate grown fruit, from the seven single vineyard sites across our 200 acre estate,
we use a balance of new and used American & French Oak. We practice minimal intervention
in our winemaking & use wild yeasts in our SVS range and some natural fining as well. We use
minimal sulphites, half the industry average and practice natural wine making principles across
the board.

Paxton Vineyards was named the AUSTRALIAN BIODYNAMIC WINERY OF THE YEAR at the 2017 Berlin International Wine Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly Wines

2016 The Guesser White

2017 Pinot Gris

2015 Thomas Block Chardonnay
92 Points – By James Halliday

2017 Rose

2016 The Guesser Red
90 Points – By James Halliday

2017 NOWOrganic/Biodynamic/Preservative Free

2016 AAA Shiraz Grenache
4 Stars – By Tony Love

2016 MV Shiraz

2015 Jones Block Shiraz
96 Points – By James Halliday
4.5 Stars – By Winestate Magazine

2014 Elizabeth Jean Shiraz
(2013 vintage received 98 Points from James Halliday)