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2015 Woods Crampton Eden Valley Shiraz

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Winemaker's Notes

Summary: For a small winemaker, Woods Crampton has achieved a lot in a small amount of time. “The straight men of the Barossa new wave” Woods Crampton make contemporary and balanced wines, a world away from the fruit bombs of the past.

Vineyard: Sourced from three (40 to 70 year old) vineyards, each contributing a different character. A new vineyard, March, gives structure and depth, whilst Batton generosity and fruit weight. Fechner added aromatics, bright fruit notes and back palate lift.

Winemaking: Burgundian techniques and a hands-off philosophy. Hand-picked, an overnight chill and cold-soaked for 5 days at 7°C. Allowed to reach ambient temperature in 2 tonne fermenters. Very slow, temperature controlled ferment, twenty percent whole bunch and some wild with the cap held down and hand-plunged 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.

2015 Vintage: Another cracking Eden Valley 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.

Tasting Note: The nose is deep and inviting, offering a glimpse of the classic violet / perfumed lift of cooler climate Shiraz. The palate is supple and beautifully fruited with dark berry, boysenberry and spice matched to silky tannins and very subtle oak before a long and bright finish. Somewhat Coltish now, this wine is showing glimpses of it potential and has a drinking window of two to fifteen years.


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2015 Woods Crampton Eden Valley Shiraz

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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.
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Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
The Woods Crampton wines all have a certain ‘elegance’, despite coming from a region that’s not especially known for such things.
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.
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

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