Paxton are an old family-owned and operated estate and the McLaren Vale’s pioneering biodynamic producer. Despite having grown grapes since the late 1970s, their label is somewhat new in the marketplace – the first Shiraz was bottled in 2000, and their cellar door opened in 2005.
David Paxton, owner and viticulturalist, calls his approach “‘Back to the future’. It involves combining traditional, hands-on management, integrated and complimented with modern technology. We choose to propagate vines from old pre-clonal selection vineyards to benefit from stock with a history of low-yield and high quality… The ultimate result, I hope, is a range of wines that highlight the individuality of the vineyard, vintage and the actions of the people who are the temporary custodians of the land.“
The Paxton vineyards are situated throughout different soil types in McLaren Vale. Paxton wines often express the classicism of McLaren Vale – that deep chocolate, creamy and unctuous palate, backed by soft oak and layers of mouth-filling complexity. We first tasted through their wines in early 2014 and were mightily impressed in the eminent quaffability across the range. Quality fruit, deft use of oak, clean and precise flavors, high degree of deliciousness.