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.
86% Shiraz, 14% Bonvedro - 78% Barossa Valley, 22% Eden Valley
This is rich and tasty, but not overdone. Black fruit, spice, sage and mint, pleasant sort of meatiness. Medium to full bodied, all boysenberry and spice, a black olive tapanade flavour, gentle grip of fine grained, but dense tannin, excellent length. Offers an extra dimension of interest, and also, great to drink. Bargain. Tasted: Dec 18; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $24; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2025+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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