Gary Walsh - Wine Front Rated 93 Points: "It’s a little cloudy, but has great colour. Spice, boysenberry, almost a gin botanicals perfume too, brown bread and chocolate wrappers. Medium bodied, fresh and perky, bright crushed berry flavour and spice, beautiful lightly furry tannin, settled acidity, and an aromatic and commanding finish of fine length. This has drinkability, value and complexity all sewn up. Strong recommendation."
The last superb vintage scored so heavily this wine sold out in no time! This is a wild child of the Barossa, full of big flavours that leap out at you. This youthful spirit is something that can be enjoyed about this wine, or it can be allowed to "grow out of it" for up to 10 years.
The aroma is dark and brooding and hits you as soon as you open the bottle with dark berries, spices, and an earthy or coppery hint. The palate is surprisingly supple, yet fruit driven with each mouthful a hit of dark berry flavours layered with tannins before a bright and uplifting finish.
You have been warned. Get some now.
Awards and Accolades:
94 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "Wonderfully flavoursome and instantly attractive, the bouquet shows blackberry, blueberry, vanilla and cedar characters with nuances of black olive and violet. It is rich, delectable and velvety on the palate, and offers loads of delicious flavours. The wine is fleshy and supple, and finishes superbly long and tasty."
93 Points - Gary Walsh, Wine Front "It’s a little cloudy, but has great colour. Spice, boysenberry, almost a gin botanicals perfume too, brown bread and chocolate wrappers. Medium bodied, fresh and perky, bright crushed berry flavour and spice, beautiful lightly furry tannin, settled acidity, and an aromatic and commanding finish of fine length. This has drinkability, value and complexity all sewn up. Strong recommendation."
2015 Vintage: 94 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion "Five days pre-ferment cold soak, open-fermented, hand-plunged, matured in oak (30% new) for 9 months. This is as richly fruited as it is savoury, with the flavour and texture of a full-bodied shiraz costing twice as much. The fruit quality is a given, the special quality coming from the perfectly judged, spicy tannins and oak that, despite their power, leave the aftertaste fresh and clear."
From the Winery
Sourced from a number of low yielding old-vine vineyards on the cooler eastern valley slopes, towards Eden Valley. 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 two tonne fermenters with fifteen percent whole bunch and twice daily hand plunging. Matured in small and large format oak barrels, primarily French with some American. The thirty percent new oak component is all French oak. Bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
An outstanding vintage, possibly the best in the Barossa Valley in a decade – despite a number of hot contenders. Excellent, balanced and consistent conditions – warm but not too warm, dry but not too dry, crucially cool Autumn nights – have led to intensely flavoured and brilliantly balanced fruit with excellent freshness.
For a small winemaker, Woods Crampton has been able to achieve a lot in a small amount of time. “The straight men of the Barossa new wave” Woods Crampton makes contemporary and balanced wines, a world away from the jammy fruit bombs of the past. The range includes a ladder of old vine Barossa Shiraz, complex and thought provoking blends and alternate varietals that may be the future of the valley.
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WBW Rating: 94/100
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Winemaker: Nicholas Crampton & Aaron Woods
Drink now until: 2026
Alc/Vol: 13.5 %
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