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As the above suggests, this is the best wine to come out of the WC stable from the 2013 vintage. It is a blend of two Eden Valley vineyards, you can guess what their names are. This wine represents not only the quality and value inherent in this range but also an unwillingness to compromise. The flagship wine from the previous vintage was called Francis and Nicole. Looking at this wine prior to release, it looked special, though not the exceptional standard they demand for the F&N. That said, you get this cheaper and it is a sensational version of SA Shiraz when seen through the context of value from the region. In his sterling 95 point review, Campbell Mattinson said, "As this wine breathes its class becomes more and more apparent. It’s a wine to hang you hat on." We couldn't agree more...
What it Tastes Like
Dark fruit, spice clove and salted licorice. Next level of depth and complexity, compared to the Barossa little brother. Pretty heavy duty but still has a finesse to it. Big guns but plenty of manners, or something like that. It strides through the mouth, with ropes of tannin trailing in its wake. Love what these boys do with Shiraz. It is the model of the modern SA Shiraz.
95 points. "Eden Valley shiraz. 15% whole bunches. Picked from two “low yielding, old vine” vineyards. All into French oak, mix of old and new. 314 cases made. Sweet, aromatic, berried fruit swims within lines of dry, earthen, spice-shot tannin. There’s almost a chalkiness to this wine, and it’s a very good thing. It helps elevate its open, juicy appeal to another level; not that it really needed to, because the fruit itself is beautiful. As this wine breathes its class becomes more and more apparent. It’s a wine to hang you hat on." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until:
About the Producer
Woods Crampton is a young and energetic brand quickly making a big name for themselves out of the Barossa. Essentially a two man operation, their range is a mix of traditional Barossa and some obscure Mediterranean varieties. “Hands off” wines at a great price.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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