This bottle had a couple of things going for it. First, it features Australian Shiraz and second, it is from McLaren Vale, one of the top Aussie wine regions. That was enough for me to pop on a duo of this wine from an online retailer. I got the pair for $45.
McLaren Vale is in south Australia about 20 miles south of Adelaide and on the coast. Grapes have been grown there since the early 19th century. Since then McLaren Vale has established itself as a premier wine region with more than 50 wineries and 13,000 acres of vineyards. It is also known for full-bodied Shiraz.
Shiraz is the same grape as Syrah, but there is a difference stylistically. Shiraz can often be finished with a touch of sweetness whereas Syrah often has an earthy character.
The Paxton is easy to like. It is a blend of 62% Shiraz and 38% Grenache. On the palate it offers ripe, red fruit. It is juicy and round but with solid tannins for structure. I detected more oak than expected.
This would make a nice match with grilled meats or lamb dishes. Should also be served up with good friends and great conversation.
Rating: 3 of 5 Value: 2.5 of 5