Paxton – The Guesser White Blend 2018
Producer: Paxton Biodynamic Vineyards
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
Region: Mc Laren Vale, South Australia
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio
Paxton – The Guesser White Blend 2018 is a unique winemaker’s blend of white varietals that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The result is a wonderfully fresh, fruit driven and crisp white wine. Easy drinking and ideal for all occasions.
Bright straw in colour, this vintage has aromas of lemon, olive brine and white peach.
On the palette it is soft, generous and fruit driven, with a hint of lemon meringue and clean finish.
Pairs well with summer salads and seafood.
The blend changes each year as the Paxton team pick out the varieties that are showing bright fruit driven characters.
Drinkability from a young age is the key, this wine represents exceptional value for Biodynamic wine lovers. The Guesser range of wines gets its name from David Paxton’s days working in shearing sheds in country Australia. The Guesser’s job is to sort, clean & class the fleece of each shorn sheep. This reference works quite well with the history of the cellar at Landcross Farm, which was previously an old sheep farm.
Paxton – The Guesser White Blend is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Paxton – The Guesser White Blend contains minimal added sulphites. Read more.
More from the producer:
2018 Growing season had very good winter rainfall allowing the vineyards to reach saturation point. A very dry spring encouraged healthy foliage growth and controlled the vines vigor well. We experienced one of the driest summers in 30 odd years; this meant a great concentration of flavours and intensity of fruit especially in Shiraz and Grenache. The whites reached fruit ripeness with low acidity therefore producing a very bright and vibrant flavour profile. A warmer than usual autumn (Indian summer) kept disease pressure low and helped natural malolactic fermentation. All and all, a very strong 2018 vintage with fantastic red wines maturing in barrel and vibrant white’s in bottle.
The fruit was harvested at night, when sugar and acid equilibrium was optimum. Whole berries were pressed to capture the beautiful, soft fruit flavours. Post press, the juice was settled, followed by rack-off of the clear free-run. The wine was fermented between 12-16 degrees Celsius in stainless steel vats, without any sulphur additions, until the end of fermentation. Light filtration and early bottling helped enhance this soft, fruit driven wine.
Paxton Biodynamic Vineyard is one of a kind. This organic and biodynamic winery was set up in 1979 by one of Australia’s best known viticulturalists, David Paxton. The winery, based in McLaren Vale, consists of over 200 acres of premium vineyards, making it Australia’s largest organic and biodynamic estate.
David also farms another 300 acres which supply some of Australia’s top premium wine offerings from industry leaders like Penfolds and Wolf Blass. Impressive stuff!
He first turned to biodynamics in 2004 after seeing that conventional viticulture was gradually killing the soils and wine quality was deteriorating. So, he introduced biodynamics into his vineyard operation to improve the vineyard sites and in turn the wines, initially experimenting with biodynamic practices on just one site and within just 6 months he saw dramatic results. Now each year Paxton’s soils are getting healthier and healthier. They became fully certified organic and biodynamic in 2011.
No animal products are used in making this wine. The care taken in growing the grapes and making the wine comes through in the taste of the final product.
“Biodynamics is the most advanced form of organic farming. It uses natural preparations and composts to bring the soil and vine into balance, resulting in exceptionally pure and expressive fruit. Healthy vines make better wines.”
More detailed information on this wine is available on the Paxton website.