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  • At the top of preservative-free wines. - 93 points, James Halliday
  • A delicious, vibrant wine
  • 88% Barossa Valley, 12% Eden Valley fruit
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Ruby-Red
Nose The nose is bright and delightfully wild with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice.
Palate The palate is supple and fruit driven with a mouth-filling burst of spicy, dark berry fruit flavours wrapped in fine tannins before a bright, lifted finish given definition by whole bunch derived grip.
Food Pairing Red meat.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes 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 quality of this highly successful season was started with excellent winter rains ensuring high soil moisture levels. Summer was warm but not excessively hot with few heat spikes. Late ripening conditions were beautifully cool allowing for long slow development and perfect balance. The nose is bright and delightfully wild with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. The palate is supple and fruit driven with a mouth-filling burst of spicy, dark berry fruit flavours wrapped in fine tannins before a bright, lifted finish given definition by whole bunch derived grip.
Variety Shiraz
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French & American
Vintage 2018
Region Barossa Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability Vegan
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
93
points
James Halliday
Hand-picked, 15% whole bunches included in the ferment. An inky opaque purple, the wine is supple and velvety rich, tannins present and doing the job oak might have to undertake in ‘normal' wines. This begs to be drunk tonight. At the top of preservative-free wines.

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