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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.

The fruit was hand harvested early in the morning into small bins before rapid transportation to the winery. Following a chill overnight at seven degrees overnight the fruit was whole bunch pressed. Only the finest free run, less than five hundred litres per tonne was used. The fermentation was very cool, at around twelve degrees, and allowed to ferment to bone dry. The absence of the influence of solids is crucial to the purity of the style. 

Another cracking Eden Valley Riesling vintage. Due to previous conditions 2015 was always set up to be a low yielding vintage but spring frosts certainly didn’t help. After good winter rains, the summer was relatively dry and close water management was required. What really set up the vintage was a cool January with rain at just the right time to freshen up the vines. The resulting fruit is outstanding with delicate flavours and truly lovely natural acidity. 

Slight fenugreek reduction, lime juice, white flowers and bashed rocks (or something like that). Light, tight and lime juicy, with grippy flinty texture and a particularly good finish that’s well focussed and grapefruity. Excellent wine. A classic mouth-watering Eden. Rating: 94 Points; Drink: 2015-2025+; Price: $27; Date Tasted: Oct 2015; Alcohol: 12.5%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front




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