Tiny Paradoxes Shiraz/Grenache 2018

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Tasting Notes


David Paxton started this enterprise in 1979. All wines are made using only estate fruit, using an approach that Paxton calls “back to the future”—combining traditional hands-on approaches with modern technology. He propagates vines from old pre-clonal-selection vineyards with a history of low yields and high quality. This is not so difficult in the McLaren Vale, where many vines are over 100 years old. Paxton Family vineyards were certified organic and biodynamic in 2011.

Fruit was harvested from individual vineyard parcels of Shiraz and Grenache, and the lots were kept separate throughout picking, destemming, and fermenting. Each lot was fermented in an open-top static fermenter and pumped over twice daily. The ferments were then pressed to low-toast seasoned French and Hungarian oak barriques and aged for 12 months before blending. The wine was bottled with very minimal SO2.


Ripe, fruity aromas, naturally sweet and layered, including cherries and blueberries with a delicate touch of vanilla. Bright black and red fruits on the palate, with the Shiraz and Grenache balancing each other nicely. Supple tannins, soft juicy finish. There’s enough going on here to encourage another sip and a happy sigh.


Although this is supple enough to drink on its own, it’s also big enough to pair with stick-to-your ribs food, nothing too subtle in flavor—meats, fowl, pork roasts and even venison will work. Try food with coarser texture like polenta, beans, or chili (not too spicy hot). This would work well with Texas-style barbecue (as well as Saint Louis or Carolina versions) or assorted grilled vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes).

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Grilled preparations, Hearty stew, Lamb, Red Meat, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce

Australia , McLaren Vale
Grape Varietal:
60% Syrah/Shiraz, 40% Grenache/Garnacha
$22.50 each