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When Nicholas Crampton (Woods Crampton) and Corey Ryan (Sons of Eden) team up, you know there’s going to be some good value to be had.
Here they take on Langhorne Creek Shiraz with much success. There’s no doubt these two know how to put together a red that seriously over-delivers, and they don’t disappoint here. This is rich and juicy, loaded with flavour and fantastic buying if on the hunt for a lush, mouth filling Shiraz for a BBQ or happy mid-week drinking.
At this price, Campbell Mattinson said this slips straight into “No brainer territory.”
What It Tastes Like
“Volume of fruit, sweet and blackberried. All up front, all good, all bursting to impress. Anise and spice notes carry on with the seductive theme. There’s almost no oak flavour here to speak of, or not that I can tell, but given the generosity of the fruit there’s no need for it. No brainer territory. Most red wine drinkers will love this.” - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
90 points. “The back label is a bit out there – the word orchestra jumped out at me – but the wine (and value) is very good here. Little wonder this new label has been such a commercial hit.
Volume of fruit, sweet and blackberried. All up front, all good, all bursting to impress. Anise and spice notes carry on with the seductive theme. There’s almost no oak flavour here to speak of, or not that I can tell, but given the generosity of the fruit there’s no need for it. No brainer territory. Most red wine drinkers will love this.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Vineyards: Sourced from a selection of mature, dry-grown vineyards in Langhorne Creek managed by Jim Zerella (delivering intensity, length and structure) and blended with a parcel of Barossa Valley Shiraz from Light Pass and the eastern slopes that provided opulent fruit depth.
Winemaking: The fruit is partially hand-harvested before de-stemming and cool fermentation in small two tonne open fermenters with regular hand plunging. Matured in seasoned French oak (20% new French) for six months before bottling with minimal filtration and sulphur addition.
2016 Vintage: An outstanding vintage. Excellent, balanced and consistent conditions – warm but crucially not too warm, dry but not too dry, and finally cool Autumn nights that allowed for retention of natural acidity – have led to intensely flavoured and brilliantly balanced fruit with excellent freshness.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
About the Producer
Take it to the Grave
Take It To The Grave is a co-op between Sons of Eden’s Corey Ryan and Nick Crampton of Woods Crampton fame. In this range the two are looking for vibrant, youthful wines from premium regions that seriously over-deliver in the value for money stakes. The two bringing every ounce of their considerable experience to bear on what is, whichever way you cut it, a remarkably priced range of wines.
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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