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Paxton Graciano 2017

Paxton Graciano 2017

'This is a drop-dead beautiful wine, the bouquet perfumed and fresh, the light to medium-bodied palate lined with silky red fruits lasting well into the aftertaste, the balance perfect.'

96 Points - James Halliday

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DESCRIPTION
  • Graciano is a Spanish varietal grown primarily in the Rioja region. After some research David Paxton decided to graft one row of Graciano onto some old Chardonnay vines at Thomas Block to see what the result would be. Trying this wine, we think you will agree that the variety is well suited to the conditions of McLaren Vale.

    Lighter in body with distinct savoury and white pepper characters filled out with bright red fruits. Light tannins make this wine ready to drink young, although cellaring potential is in the medium term.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    2017 was a fantastic year for winemaking in McLaren Vale. We had an extremely wet winter and our vineyards reached full saturation point. Spring brought very consistent fruit set and flowering. The rain continued throughout summer and mild days with cool nights allowed for a slow ripening season. These conditions resulted in fragrant whites with lower acidity, and elegant reds with very attractive primary fruit flavours and lower alcohols. 

    Selector harvested at optimum sugar and flavour balance, the whole berries are tipped into 5t open top fermenters. A slow, cool ferment helped capture the character of the vineyard and a combination of pump overs and plunging for 13 days enhanced the tannin profile. When fermentation was finished the grapes were pressed to mature 10% new French oak barriques for maturation of 9 months prior to blending and bottling.

    Alcohol: 13.0%
    pH: 3.44
    TA: 5.72/L
    Total SO2: 56ppm
    Winemaker: Richard Freebairn

    TASTING NOTES

    Lifted spice and herbal notes, raspberries and lavender with a delicate touch of white pepper. Light bodied and spice driven mouth-feel. Raspberry tarts and bright red fruit, finished with tight grainy tannins. 

  • REVIEWS

    'Graciano often fares best in Spanish/Southern Rhone blends, tending thin and green in the wrong environment, and so it has proved in Australia. But not here: this is a drop-dead beautiful wine, the bouquet perfumed and fresh, the light to medium-bodied palate lined with silky red fruits lasting well into the aftertaste, the balance perfect.'
    96 Points - James Halliday