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Paxton ‘NOW’ Shiraz 2017 and Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

12 March,2018

Misha Taylor and Jonty Hamer of distributors Procure Liquor have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to understanding and covering the market. Their excellent domestic portfolio is possibly surpassed by their imported range. The Australian wines are particularly strong, and both contemporary and traditionally style wines are carried. Here, I review the Paxton ‘NOW’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017, made from organically and biodynamically grown grapes for pure, vital and elegant wines, and the Hogshead South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, made in a traditionally structured and richly flavoured style. www.procureliquor.co.nz


Paxton ‘NOW’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, deep, saturated black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with aromas of very ripe blackberry, boysenberry and dark raspberry fruit entwined with black plum and liquorice notes, some sweet black pepper, unfolding some eucalyptus elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has plush and intense flavours of blackberries and boysenberries, blueberries and black plums. The fruit is nuanced by subtle dark herb, liquorice and spice elements intermixed with eucalyptus and black plum jam hints. The fruit is bright, lively and aromatic with supple tannin extraction and structure in support and lacy acidity enhancing the vibrancy. The sweet fruit has drive and linearity, carrying to a long, lingering finish. This is a very sweet and plush, brightly fruited Shiraz with blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit with supple tannins and a fresh mouthfeel. Serve with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 4+ years. ‘NOW’ stands for Natural Organic Wine. McLaren Vale fruit fermented to 14.0% alc. Certified NASAA biodynamic. 18.5/20 Mar 2018 RRP $30.00

Hogshead ‘Old Vine’ South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia


Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion, opening to show full, broad and accessible aromas of blackcurrant fruit melded with notes of eucalyptus, menthol and cedar, along with green olives, dark herbs and mint. Medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegant core with gently mouthfilling flavours of blackcurrants entwined with an amalgam of eucalyptus, menthol and cedar and dried herb detail adding interest. The fruit forms a concentrated, rounded heart with fine-grained tannins in support, and a thread of acidity lending linearity. The wine carries to a taut, lingering, nutty finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant, eucalyptus and cedar flavours on a firm, but fine-grained palate. Match with game meats and casseroles over the next 5 years. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Shiraz, 55% from the McLaren Vale, 20% Langhorne Creek, 17% Lower Murray and 8% Barossa Valley fermented to 14.6% alc., the wine aged in stainless-steel, seasoned French and American oak and in 300 L French oak hogsheads. 17.5-/20 Mar 2018 RRP $20.00

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