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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 the Marschall vineyard, a eighty year old organic and dry-grown vineyard, planted on its own rootstocks to clones unknown, in the Vine Vale district. The loose sandy soils reflect sunlight in a similar way to the Rhoneā€™s pebbled vineyards and are well suited to Mataro.

The nose is sweetly fruited and savoury with dark berry fruit, blueberry, kirsch and mince pie spice. The first taste brings a wall of mouth-filling flavour, all licorice and dark fruit, with a touch of orange peel. The wine is all about unforced fruit intensity and a balance between glossy fruit, stalky whole bunch complexity and bright acid.

Blood plum and red fruits, honey, spice and leather, with sweet dried herbs. Medium bodied, juicy, glossy and smooth, but beautifully controlled, light fine grained tannin, and a herb infused finish of excellent length. So much more character than Barossa Shiraz. So great to drink. Drink: 2017-2025; Price: $27; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

This delectable red is packed with dark fruit, dark chocolate, cedar and spice characters with hints of liquorice and floral. It is sumptuous on the palate, and delivers loads of attractive fruit flavours and velvety texture, brilliantly framed by supple tannins. Generous, satisfying and highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2022. Rating: 94 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit



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