PAXTON Jones Block Shiraz, McLaren Vale
This biodynamically grown wine comes from one of McLaren Vale’s best-known vineyards. It is generous yet elegant in style, as might be expected of a wine made using grapes from vines more than 100 years old. These vines have only ever been hand-pruned and the grapes hand-picked, so they reliably give of their best, year after year.
Once picked and crushed, the grapes are macerated with their skins, usually for about two weeks, before fermentation. The wine is then matured in a combination of French and American oak barriques (40% new) for up to 22 months prior to blending and bottling. Jones Block Shiraz is noted for its full body, rich, complex flavours and integrated oak.
Hand-picked, matured in French and American barriques (40% new) for 22 months. Vivid, deep crimson-purple hue; this is an unabashed powerhouse, dripping with black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice and earthy tannins to hold the fruit in place. Given its screwcap, its life span will challenge that of most who drink it.
96 points, Wine Companion (September 2018)
This parcel always offers some really deep and hearty flavors, couched in silky, plush tannins and there’s a lick of oak spice that generates early interest here already. Lovely, rich plum and chocolate finish. A real classic. From biodynamically grown grapes.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
Vanilla, plum and boysenberry notes mark the nose of the 2016 Jones Block Shiraz. It's full-bodied and creamy-supple in texture, loaded with vanilla, then it pops with tangy dark fruit on the finish. It's approachable now but should be capable of aging through 2030.
91 points, Wine Advocate (September 2018)