Summary: For a small winemaker, Woods Crampton has achieved a lot in a small amount of time. Part of the Barossa new wave, Woods Crampton make contemporary wines, balancing character, complexity and freshness, a world away from the fruit bombs of the past. The Woods Crampton coloured range is a collection of contemporary and thought provoking blends that place drinkability as the highest ambition.
Vineyards: Sourced from three vineyards – Mataro from the 80 year-old Marschall Vineyard in Vine Vale, Bonvedro came from 20 and 70 year-old blocks from John’s Vineyard in Light Pass and the Graciano from the 9 year old Cowham Vineyard in Light Pass.
Winemaking: Chilled overnight before a cold soak for five days at eight degrees. Fermented in small open fermenters with twenty percent whole bunch. The fruit was allowed to rise to natural temperature and begin wild fermentation without any additions or sulphur. Pressed to tank and matured without the influence of oak. Bottled without fining, ultra loose filtration and no sulphur addition. Less than 8ppm FS02 post bottling so technically a Preservative Free Wine
Vintage 2017: 2017 saw a return to vintage conditions not commonly seen for over two decades. A very wet winter followed by a cool summer with few spikes of heat meant that vintage as up to a month later than what has been common recently. A dry and consistently moderate autumn ensured the fruit was able to ripen slowly in ideal conditions. This “throwback” vintage will become famed for the quality and elegance of the fruit.
Tasting Note: A complex and expansive nose with an array of dark berry, earth, exotic spice and woodland aromas. The palate is medium to full bodied with ripe red and dark berry flavours framed by array of exotic spice and dried herbs before a long finish carried by soft tannins and bright acidity. Delightfully different, a world away from Shiraz, with character to burn and very refreshing courtesy of the bright acidity.