What began as a yearly diversion for label designer Aaron Woods and marketer Nicholas Crampton has grown into almost a full time obsession, with a range of wines from the Barossa and Eden Valley spanning five varieties and numerous styles. The ambition of Woods Crampton is to create unforced wines that showcase the quality of their fruit and tell the story of their vineyards. Minimal intervention winemaking follows to create elegant and expressive wines.
Sourced from a number of low yielding old-vine vineyards, primarily in the Northern Barossa Valley. Still very much in the Woods Crampton style (cold soak and cool fermentation, minimal intervention and oak influence) but slightly more open-knit and expressive in its youth. What we will be drinking whilst we wait for the Eden Valley Shiraz to mature. Opulently perfumed with aromas of ripe blood plums, black brambly fruit, exotic spice and an attractive floral lift. A burst of vibrant, supple, slippery dark berry fruit flavours with a dusting of spice is wrapped in fine tannins building to an impressively long finish.
Includes 5% Mataro in the blend, I did not know that, but it’s a smart move. It’s as tasty and accessible as ever, and also carries its trademark drinkabilty and understated style. Plum and blue fruits, peanuts in dark chocolate, plenty of spice, touch of stalk and meaty funk, with a subtle floral perfume. Medium bodied, silky and well knit, with fine grained graphite tannin, balanced acidity, and an even finish of good length. Feels glossy and ready to go, though a couple of years in the cellar will likely show further improvement. Rating: 93 Points; Drink: 2016-2022; Price: $21; Date Tasted: May 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
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