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 March and Batten Vineyards, both on the road between Angaston and the Eden Valley. Each an outstanding old-vine site (sixty to eighty years of age). Both hand picked at less than two tonnes per acre. Made using Burgundian techniques and a “hands-off” philosophy. The fruit is hand-picked, given an overnight chill and primarily de-stemmed before a cold-soak for seven days at seven degrees. The fruit is allowed to reach ambient temperature before transferred to two-tonne fermenters with 15% whole bunches laid across the bottom. A very slow, cool ferment with the cap held down and hand plunging twice daily. At two grams the ferment was pressed in a very old, very gentle pneumatic press to a settling tank to finish fermentation.The fruit was racked to medium and large format french oak, about 40% new, and topped every six weeks but not racked or stirred for 18 months. The wine was not fined, given a coarse filtration and a dash of sulphur before bottling.
Eden Valley shiraz. 15% whole bunches. Picked from two “low yielding, old vine” vineyards. All into French oak, mix of old and new. 314 cases made. Sweet, aromatic, berried fruit swims within lines of dry, earthen, spice-shot tannin. There’s almost a chalkiness to this wine, and it’s a very good thing. It helps elevate its open, juicy appeal to another level; not that it really needed to, because the fruit itself is beautiful. As this wine breathes its class becomes more and more apparent. It’s a wine to hang you hat on. Rating: 95 Points; Drink: 2016-2028+; Price: $50; Date Tasted: Oct 2015; Alcohol: 14%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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