Summary: 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.
Winemaking: 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 for 12 months. Bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
2017 Vintage: Winter and Spring of 2016 was much wetter than usual lifting the soil moisture levels for the region. December, January and February were all cooler than usual which prolonged the ripening period by 2-3 weeks. The slower ripening for the berries ensured a greater accumulation of complex character development that winemakers are often lauding in the better years. The fruit reached optimal flavour and tannin ripeness and will contribute to making very good wines.
Tasting Note: The nose is dark and brooding, offering glimpses of dark berry fruit, exotic spice and wild forest floor. The wine flows across the palate with a dense inky intensity and supple mouth-coating texture.
Flavours of dark berries, licorice and blood plums evolve to exotic spice and hints of wild herb on an expansive back palate courtesy of the Bonvedro. The finish is impressively detailed and defined by stalky whole bunch complexity and a fresh finish.