Full Review

Paxton

Paxton
2017 Graciano, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Australian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Biodynamically Grown Grapes
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24

Paxton
2017 Graciano, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Other Australian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed plum, marinated strawberry, no. 2 pencil, black cassis, red velvet cake, and potpourri with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting notes of vanilla buttercream and caramel bon bon with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A zesty red that will be great at the table and beyond.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: stewed plum, marinated strawberry, no. 2 pencil, black cassis, red velvet cake, and potpourri
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of vanilla buttercream and caramel bon bon
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Empanadas, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zesty red that will be great at the table and beyond.

The Importer

Cabernet Corporation

The Importer
285-K Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, CA 94949
USA
1 415-884-9000

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Other Australian Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Other important Australian reds besides Shiraz include Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, along with small quantities of Tempranillo, Malbec and a few others.

Pinot Noir performs beautifully in Western Australia, while Grenache and Morvedre can be found in several areas, including New South Wales and Barossa. These two Rhone varieties are often blended together; recently a highly acclaimed and popular Austrlaian red is GSM, referring to three grapes: Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. This blend is loosely based on the famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine from France's Rhone Valley.

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