Woods Crampton White Label Eden Valley Riesling 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.
Sourced primarily from a single, established vineyard situated at almost the highest point in the Eden Valley, well over 500m in altitude. Close to Mountadam and the old Leo Buring High Eden Vineyard, the site is an ideal expression of High Eden Riesling.
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.
Pale, almost clear, with vivid green highlights. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure, offering glimpses of its potential, with a core of delicate citrus flavours and beautiful mineral acidity.
Vanilla and aniseed perfume, lime, slaty Eden things. Light bodied, slippery and flinty at once, with a smooth delivery of juicy lime and almost white peachy flavour, then it trims down and pulls flinty and chalky on the finish, though the blessing of ample fruit sweetness is the final impression. Seasonal drinking made simple. And inexpensive. Rating: 93 Points; Drink: 2015-2019+; Price: $20; Date Tasted: August 2015; Alcohol: 12.5%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
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