$135.00 / case
|Our Price: $22.50 / bottle (RRP: $28.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'Woods Crampton has got the game tied up when it comes to value for money linked with varieties and old vines of great worth.'
95 Points - James Halliday
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 Woods Crampton Graciano, made from the native Spanish varietal bearing the name of the town from where it originally came, is prized for its spiciness, acidity and tannin. The colour is also rich, and it shows on this wine. Plums, smoked meat and an undergrowth character all add to the richness and delight that is trying something a little more left-field.
Vineyard: Sourced from the Cowham vineyard in the Light Pass sub-district. The quality and perfect sugar/acid balance of the fruit from this young vineyard shows the synergy and immense potential for the variety in the Barossa Valley.
Winemaking: Hand-picked and sorted before a cold-soak for five days at seven degrees. Split into a one and two-tonne fermenter – the one tonne 50% whole bunch and wild fermented and the two tonne around fifteen percent whole bunches laid across the bottom. Hand plunged twice daily and allowed to ferment totally dry before pressing in a very old very gentle pneumatic press and racking to old large format
oak (four hundred and eighty litre). Not racked or stirred for 15 months. Bottled without fining and minimal sulphur addition.
2015 Vintage: The 2015 vintage on the eastern slopes of the Barossa Valley was outstanding. Good soil moisture allowed the vines to weather the warm, dry summer before late rains refreshed the vines before cooler conditions allowed a long, even ripening.
Grape Variety: 95% Graciano 5% Tempranillo
Winemaker: Nicholas Crampton and Aaron Woods
A significantly riper and richer wine than previous years. The nose is dark berry and plums with notes of forest undergrowth and exotic spice. The palate likewise opens with blackcurrant, plums, meat and exotic spice balanced within a framework of whole bunch twang and graphite tannins. Bright acidity keeps the wine light on its feet. A wine that is equal parts Graciano and Barossa Valley in style.
'Includes 5% tempranillo, 50% whole bunches, wild yeast open-fermented, 20 days on skins, hand-plunged daily, pressed to two used French puncheons, matured for 15 months. Graciano can be a miserable handful, and I wondered how the whole bunch stem characters would play with it, but it has worked, with spicy, savoury stemmy notes dancing on the tongue, red fruits in the lead. Woods Crampton has got the game tied up when it comes to value for money linked with varieties and old vines of great worth.'
95 Points - James Halliday
'Boysenberry, smoked meat and spice, dried herbs. Medium bodied, juicy and savoury at once, with a kind of black olive tapanade thing, light grainy tannin and plenty of spice and raspberry in the aftertaste. Very good. Interesting too.'
91 Points - Gary Walsh