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2014 Woods Crampton Eden Valley Shiraz

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What began as a yearly diversion for Aaron Woods and Nicholas Crampton has grown into a full time obsession. The ambition of Woods Crampton is to create thought provoking wines that showcase the quality of their fruit and tell the story of their vineyards.

Winemaker's Notes

Burgundian techniques and a hands-off philosophy. Hand-picked, an overnight chill and cold-soaked for 5 days at 7 degrees. Allowed to reach ambient temp. in 2 tonne fermenters. Very slow, temperature controlled ferment, twenty percent whole bunch and some wild with the cap held down and hand plungedr twice daily. At two grams pressed in a very old, very gentle pneumatic press. Racked to new & old small format French oak (300 litre) and topped every 6 weeks, not racked or stirred for 18 months. The wine was not fined, given the loosest possible filtration and minimal sulphur before bottling.

Deep purple red in colour with vivid highlights. The nose is strikingly perfumed with noticeable whole bunch derived stalky complexity overlaying the dark berry and spice fruit aromas. The palate is just medium bodied but supple and beautifully textured with layers of dark berried fruit. Whole bunch complexity and fine tannins provide a precisely detailed finish to this cool climate Shiraz. A departure in style from previous vintages this wine will require patience to show its best.

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2014 Woods Crampton Eden Valley Shiraz

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Introduced by a bouquet remarkably complex for a young wine. Dark fruit, liquorice, Asian spice, herbs de Provence, whole-bunch aromas and pepper; the latter quite characteristic of Eden Valley shiraz in certain conditions. Supple and seamless on the palate, the dark fruit in control with the savoury, spicy elements adding their own touches; well-integrated tannin is in perfect harmony. Delicious.
95
James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
50-70yo vines, hand-picked and sorted, wild yeast open-fermented, 15% whole bunches, 20 days on skins, 16 months in French oak (25% new). Has that textured, plush mouthfeel of the Woods Crampton birthmark. Perfumed black fruits and spices drive the bouquet, the palate adding blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Power and body assembled without high octane fruit.
Drink by 2040
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Three low-yielding 50-to 70-year-old vineyards; hand-picked with 10% whole bunch inclusion in the ferment, hand-plunged, then aged in used oak. Bright crimson-purple, it has a very complex, plushy textured mid-palate, with fine tannins and good acidity tightening up the finish to perfection.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95

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