We've been fans of the Paxtons since we started carrying their wines in 2008. Though we've never walked through the vineyards in Australia, we have hosted tastings with the Paxton family over the years, and they're great people. Their wines are also very delicious. This is a Shiraz blended from four of of their bio-dynamically farmed vineyard parcels, and giving a fresh but very generous introduction to the McLaren Vale region. There's a subtle touch of oak that blends perfectly with the lush silky Shiraz fruit. A full bodied wine, for sure, but with great balance and drink-ability. Eben Lillie
A delicious, very pale Jura-esque red from the Barossa Valley in Australia, of all places! Tom Shobbrook has crafted a luminous, almost transparent direct-press Syrah that drinks more like Poulsard than any Shiraz you’ve ever had: crunchy bright berries, juicy watermelon, and sweet meyer lemon fruit, and a lithe, energetic palate with just the barest hint of tannin. We love the whimsy of naming this mid-winter release after summertime poolside drinking almost as much as the drinking itself. Served with a slight chill, this is the most cheerful (and cheering) glass of wine you’ll raise all season. Karina Mackow
This is a truly Rhone-esque expression, a blend of Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz, Cinsault, Marsanne, and Rousanne. This wine really broadened my perspective on Australia and taught me there's more than just Shiraz in Barossa Valley! There's spice and heartiness from the Grenache and Mataro, bright aromatics from the Cinsault, and nice freshness from the Marsanne and Roussane. It definitely reminds me of a classic Rhone red, and even has some of the 'garrigue' notes we associate with Languedoc wines. Organic and Biodynamic certified since 2014, the folks at Smallfry are doing a really great job, and this wine is a perfect example.