Paxton Argilla Syrah Shiraz 2022


Something very different here for McLaren Vale, a wine aged in amphora which was brought from Impruneta, near Florence in Italy. The fruit is from the Thomas Block, planted back in 1887, and spends 41 days on skins with gentle hand plunging, before basket pressing (on a descending moon, in case you didn’t guess) and a further six months in amphora. The biodynamic process was maintained throughout with just 1,200 bottles made. Dark cherry notes, animal skins, florals and spices with black fruits. Bay leaves and dry herbs, there is also a slight herbal note evident, which might divide the crowd a little. A silky texture, this is dense but dancing. Satiny tannins and very good length, enjoy this over the next decade.