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Graciano is an interesting creature, and given its penchant for hotter, drier climates, it’s no wonder we are starting to see it thrive in different parts of Australia. The Woods Crampton Graciano is one of the most accessible early-drinking varietal expressions kicking around at the moment. As with most of their other wines, it's relatively hands-off, lo-fi, Burgundian inspired winemaking, with the focus on allowing the fruit from these amazing vineyards to speak for itself. The 2015 shows the perfect balance between varietal and regional characters. If Spanish varieties are your thing you will have to look far and wide to find something that is a patch on this bad boy at the price.
What it Tastes Like
"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." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
91 points. "Graciano not a bad sort of grape, and often, a point of difference is a positive. 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." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
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. 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.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
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.
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