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This Rosé is the product of the Barossa value kings, Woods Crampton.
Sourced from low yielding old vines in the Barossa, this Rhone inspired blend was created through necessity during the 2013 vintage. Fully intending to make a full bodied red out of the fruit they had sourced with the help of the Sons of Eden team, they found themselves in quite the pickle when they ran out of fermenting room in the winery.
The only option was to quickly have a crack at churning out a Rosé which, surprisingly (to Nick Crampton) was incredibly well received. This 2016 vintage release sees them improve and refine the style.
It’s made from predominantly Mataro with a dash of Grenache and Shiraz in the mix. Zero time on skins post pressing, the guys fighting valiantly against the incredible colour of the Mataro grape.
This is Rosé jam packed with flavour, texture and personality. If you are looking for super value in Rosé, look no further, this is a seriously delicious drink. 93 points from Gary Walsh - warm weather, here we come!
What It Tastes Like
“Rosehip, spice and red fruits, perhaps a little crushed fennel seed and vanilla. Soft and silky with savoury almost earthy flavours, redcurrant, a light powdery texture, well settled acidity and a long dry savoury finish, almost woody. Very nice.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
93 points. “Mataro with a dash of Grenache. That sounds nice. A dash, a dash, a dash of Grenache.
Rosehip, spice and red fruits, perhaps a little crushed fennel seed and vanilla. Soft and silky with savoury almost earthy flavours, redcurrant, a light powdery texture, well settled acidity and a long dry savoury finish, almost woody. Very nice.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Summary: For a small winemaker, Woods Crampton has been able to achieve a lot in a small amount of time. “The straight men of the Barossa new wave” Woods Crampton makes contemporary and balanced wines, a world away from the jammy fruit bombs of the past. The range includes a ladder of old vine Barossa Shiraz, complex and thought provoking blends and alternate varietals that may be the future of the valley.
Vineyards: Sourced from a number of low yielding old-vine vineyards from the eastern ranges of the Barossa Valley, primarily in the Vine Vale sub district.
Winemaking: What is effectively a field blend of primarily Barossa Valley Mataro with a small portion of Grenache and Shiraz is given a chill in the fridge before being pressed. No skin contact post pressing was allowed. The juice is then transferred to large format (four hundred eighty litre) old oak puncheons where wild yeast fermentation is allowed to initiate. The fruit is fermented in barrel until dry without malolactic fermentation. Once fermentation is completed, the wines was matured on yeast lees in barrel for six months.
2016 Vintage: An outstanding vintage, possibly the best in the Barossa Valley in a decade – despite a number of hot contenders. Excellent, balanced and consistent conditions – warm but not too warm, dry but not too dry, crucially cool Autumn nights – have led to intensely flavoured and brilliantly balanced fruit with excellent freshness.
Tasting Note: Textbook “Partridge Eye” in colour. The nose is fresh and lifted with redcurrants, rosehip and spice. The palate is light in body with a beautiful line, building nicely through red berried (not candied) fruit to a rich mid palate wrapped in layers of complexity and texture. The finish is well-structured and impressively dry. An intriguing alternative to the classic Provence style – just as dry but with more flavour, complexity and grip.
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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