Woods Crampton Third Wheel Mataro Rose 2015
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.
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.
It has taken three vintages to arrive at exactly everything we are trying to do with our Barossa Rose. Pale crimson in colour, the lightest so far but still darker than the classic Provence style. The nose is fresh and lifted with redcurrants, rosehip and spice. The palate is medium bodied and nicely poised with red berried fruit and soft natural fruit sweetness all wrapped in layers of complexity and texture. The finish is well-structured and impressively dry. A world away from commercial Rose, this is a thinking drinker’s Rose for pondering on long summer days.
The appeal is clear, and obvious. Gorgeous perfume. Gorgeous fruit. Jubey for the most part but as it rushes through the palate it begins to crackle with a herbal dryness. Perfect style of rose. Execution to match. Has a bit of body, a bit of spunk, and yet it just wants you to drink it. Rating: 94 Points; Drink: 2015-2016; Price: $23; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 13.5%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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