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Allow me to introduce you to a friend of ours, Pedro. Pedro has undergone a bit of a facelift since last vintage. No longer the Spanish/Portugues varietal mash-up, Pedro is now a GSM. A little more conventional perhaps, but the philosophy is the same as the last iteration. The lighter side of the Woods Crampton range, this is an unoaked, 'Joven' inspired rendition of the classic Rhone blend, meant for drinking in its youth and by the bucketload. As winemaker Nicholas Crampton puts it Pedro has "bugger all sulphur and no additions”_ so it falls into the 'natural' camp without being at all quirky or confronting - it's just a delicious, pure, easy-to-love drink. Super value and fun to be had. Vote for Pedro!
What it Tastes Like
Red berry and spicy brambles, licorice, and some grittiness to the tannin, which is no bad thing. Pops with fruit, kicks with cleansing acid, juicy yet bright a savoury all at once. Personality in this one!
91 points "GSM blend. “The wine you drink now while you wait for the rest to catch up”, according to the back label. Oh, and “Bugger all sulphur and no additions”. 20% whole bunches. So fresh it’s refreshing. Last year Walsh said something along the lines of “it’s like sticking your head in a box of matches”. Same applies here, though there’s plenty of raspberry and port wine jelly action, meaning that it’s both juicy and cracked with savoury spice too. It’s the kind of red you want to drink by the bucketload, basically. It’s more-ish to say the least." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Winemaking: Chilled overnight before a cold soak for five days at eight degrees. Fermented in small open fermenters with twenty percent whole bunch. The fruit was allowed to rise to natural temperature and begin wild fermentation without any additions or sulphur. Pressed to tank and matured without the influence of oak. Bottled without fining, ultra loose filtration and miniscule sulphur addition. Less than 18ppm FS02 post bottling 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. Tasting Note: Pedro was inspired by the light and bright “lunchtime” wines found in bistro’s throughout the Rhone Valley. Surprisingly dark in colour with the wild expression only no sulphur wines can give – all red fruits, lifted forest undergrowth and exotic spice. The palate is again surprisingly rich and full with vibrant naturally sweet flavours exploding in the mouth before being reigned in by whole bunch grip and fresh acidity. Drinking brilliantly now or for the next couple of years.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
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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