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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 a 60 year old vineyard in the Light Pass sub district of the Barossa Valley, a 55 year old Eden Valley vineyard and  Bonvedro from the 75 year old John’s Vineyard. Chilled overnight before primarily de-stemming and cold soak for five days at eight degrees. Fermentation was a cool twenty five degrees in small open one tonne fermenters with twenty percent whole bunch and twice daily hand plunging.  Matured in small and large format French oak barrels. Bottled without fining and with minimal filtration. 

Old John (not to be confused with Old Gregg) comes from three of their oldest vineyard sources (60, 55 and 75 years old), includes 20% whole bunch and 12% Bonvedro, and has a total production of 500 cases. It’s good Barossa Shiraz with a little something extra for the weekend. Dark fruit, lavender, liquorice, spice and rosemary. Medium bodied, supple and almost juicy, but a bit brooding too, layered with spice and perfumed with sweet herbs. Tannin is well tuned and sits neatly inside the wine with a graphite feel, and the finish is long and shapely with something of a chicory aftertaste. It’s complex, interesting, and insanely good value. Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $24; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2016-2025; Rating: 94 Points; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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