For a small winery, Woods Crampton have been able to achieve a huge amount, in a relatively short time. Nicholas Crampton and Aaron Woods make contemporary and balanced wines, a world away from the jammy, overripe, fruit bombs of the past. They not only create beautifully elegant, old-vine Shiraz from some of the Valley's oldest patches, but they are also experimenting with alternate varieties such as Bonvedro and Graciano.
The 2016 White Label Shiraz comprises fruit sourced from both the Barossa and Eden Valley. It's the 40% of Eden Valley fruit, that tempers the robust Barossa flavours, and lends this wine a particular elegance. It's coolly dark-fruited, with layers of spice, and silky oak complexity. Brilliant value.
92% Shiraz, 4% Mataro, 2% Bonvedro, 2% Graciano.
60% Barossa Valley, 40% Eden Valley.
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.
The nose is very ripe and lifted with primary fruit aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice with only the lightest hints of oak. The palate is bold and effortless with a depth of spicy, dark berry fruit flavours wrapped in fine tannins before a finish given definition by whole-bunch derived grip and fresh acidity. This wine drinks well now but will improve significantly with twelve months in bottle before ageing gracefully for well over ten years.
Since 2010, Aaron Woods and Nicholas Crampton have had an insatiable love affair with South Australia’s historic Barossa Wine Region. Unrestrained by tradition, this intuitive winemaking duo are driven by their passion to craft both new wave Barossa Shiraz as well as unique, old-world, varietals, sourced from old-vine vineyards. Woods and Crampton turned to the established Sons of Eden winery to aid them in producing the style of wine they love. The Sons of Eden focus on creating wines that express the flavour and personality of unique, Barossa vineyards. This aligned with the Woods Crampton winemaking philosophy and so the partnership was born. Since inception, production has rapidly increased from 1500 to almost 12,000 cases along with a rapidly expanding range that currently encompasses fourteen different wines. The combination of premium quality wine and exceptional value saw Woods Crampton named one of James Halliday’s Top 10 Best Value Wineries of 2017.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
This delectably expressed shiraz is filled with black/blueberry, cherry compote, vanilla and toasted hazelnut characters with hints of cake spice and black olive. The palate is concentrated and richly fruited, and displays excellent mid palate weight and velvety texture, wonderfully framed by silky tannins. The wine is opulent and sumptuous, and finishes persistent and delicious. At its best: now to 2024
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Has very good attack to its lively mouthfeel, with black fruits, licorice and pepper darting in every direction. It's very catchy and juicy and savoury.
GARY WALSH - THE 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.