Halliday 93James Suckling 93Sam Kim 92
McLaren Vale

2022 Paxton Graciano

12 x 750ml
I adore this style of wine: fragrant, spicy, mid-weighted and immensely charming with a real spindle of tannin providing structural assertion, rather than any vacuous, pulpy fruit. A late-ripening Iberian variety that performs well, belying its small (but growing) plantings in Australia. Succulent red cherry, black pepper grind, cardamon and lilac, growing in trajectory with air as that skein of pithy tannins, so moreish, tows the flavours to satisfying length. A spicy cru beaujolais sort of thing. Read more
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Ned Goodwin - Halliday's Wine Companion

I adore this style of wine: fragrant, spicy, mid-weighted and immensely charming with a real spindle of tannin providing structural assertion, rather than any vacuous, pulpy fruit. A late-ripening Iberian variety that performs well, belying its small (but growing) plantings in Australia. Succulent red cherry, black pepper grind, cardamon and lilac, growing in trajectory with air as that skein of pithy tannins, so moreish, tows the flavours to satisfying length. A spicy cru beaujolais sort of thing.

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93 POINTS
James Suckling

I love this style of wine: fragrant, spicy, medium-bodied and immensely charming with a real spindle of tannin providing structural assertion, rather than any vacuous, pulpy fruit. A late-ripening Iberian variety that performs well, belying its small (but growing) plantings in Australia. Succulent red cherry, black pepper grind, cardamon and lilac, growing in trajectory with air as that skein of pithy tannins, so moreish, tows the flavors to satisfying length. A spicy cru beaujolais sort of thing. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

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92 POINTS
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit

Brightly fruited and fragrant, the bouquet shows dark cherry, thyme, smoked game and rich floral aromas, leading to a juicy palate that's plump and rounded. Flavoursome and silky with grainy tannins, finishing long and sturdy. www.paxtonwines.com.

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

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. This grape variety is Spanish, 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. When you try this wine, we think you will agree that the variety is well suited to the conditions of McLaren Vale.

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Winemakers Note


Well, you thought 2021 was good but I bet you hadn’t heard about 2022 yet! With most of the country experiencing extreme La Niña conditions, in McLaren Vale we were hit with the lucky stick and enjoyed plenty of soil moistening rain through the winter but no extreme events. Budburst was a breath of new life after a long cool Winter and conditions were ideal up to flowering where things went a bit haywire. Crazy Melbourne type weather blew a lot of the flowers away before they could turn into fruit… but less fruit, more quality and coming off a bumper 2021 vintage it helped balance things out. We had a lovely cool summer, which helped ripening happen nice and slow, just the way we like it. Vintage was well spread out with fine days through most of March allowing us to choose when to pick and preserve stunning, natural acidity.

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Delivery Details

Marketplace Product: Dispatch from Sydney warehouse in approximately 7 business days. Vintages for Marketplace items are subject to change, and we cannot guarantee the specific vintage you ordered will be delivered. Generally, the latest available vintage will be delivered to you.


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