There’s no shortage of celebrity wines on the shelves these days, however the result of the partnership between leading Australian organic and biodynamic producer, Paxton Wines, and The Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. really stands out from the crowd. 

Baterista, meaning ‘drummer’ in Spanish, is a McLaren Vale Shiraz made in tiny quantities from the best parts of the best rows in Paxton’s Jones’ Block where vines are over 50 years old. With just 800 bottles produced, and 96 points from Wine Orbit, this is no vanity project. 

The collaboration came about after drummer, Vannucci, was introduced to the Ben Paxton, son of David, the founder of Paxton Wines and renowned viticulturalist, through a mutual friend. 

Ronnie has been visiting Paxton Wines for the past decade,” says Paxton’s global sales and marketing director (and musician) Brian Lamb. “Every time he was on tour in Australia with the band, he’d visit us“. One thing led to another and the idea for Baterista was born. 

Stylistically, it is a nod to classic McLaren Vale Shiraz – the type of wine that put McLaren Vale on the map from the 1970s onward, says Lamb. “It is the style of wine that made this region internationally famous and adored. We wanted to go back to the roots and showcase the origins of this region and what we do exceptionally well.” 

North South Wines, Paxton Wines’ exclusive importer, has managed to secure 120 of the 800 bottles for the UK independent trade. Allocation only by 27th July. To enquire about availability, please contact