Woods Crampton Black Label Shiraz 2014
Brunswick Wine Shop | 16 Sparta Place Brunswick

Woods Crampton Black Label Shiraz 2014

Regular price $29.00
What began as a yearly diversion for label designer Aaron Woods and marketer Nicholas Crampton but has grown into a full time obsession. The ambition of Woods Crampton is to create unforced wines that showcase the quality of their fruit and tell the story of their vineyards.

Vineyard:
Sourced from the Fechner Vineyard, a truly pedigreed, low-yielding, sixty year old vineyard on its own rootstocks within the Eden Valley. Hand picked at less than two tonnes per acre.

Winemaking:
Made using Burgundian techniques and a “hands-off” philosophy. The fruit is hand-picked, given an overnight chill before a cold-soak for seven days at seven degrees. The fruit is primarily de-stemmed and allowed to reach ambient temperature before transferred to two-tonne fermenters with 25% whole bunches laid across the bottom. A very slow, cool ferment with the cap held down and hand plunging twice daily. At two grams the ferment was pressed in a very old, very gentle pneumatic press to a settling tank to finish fermentation. The fruit was racked to medium and large format french oak, about 50% new, and topped every six weeks but not racked or stirred for 18 months. The wine was not fined, given a coarse filtration and a dash of sulphur before bottling.

2014 Vintage:
2014 started well with high soil moisture levels before very dry and clear conditions resulted in warm days and cold nights. A series of frosts significantly reduced yields and the pattern of hot and cold continued through summer. Bush fires were well off the east of the vineyards and did not have an impact. Late Autumn rains slowed down the vintage fruit was harvested without incident. When the dust settled, the fruit was in surprisingly good condition and created beautifully fruited and balanced wines albeit in a lighter spectrum.

Tasting Note:
Deep, dark and restrained – displaying a “cool climate” profile and whole bunch aromatics. The palate is distinguished by length and finesse, a tightly wound core of supple dark berries, exotic spice and ripe plums flows to a lifted and precisely detailed finish defined by fine silky tannins. Effortless and beautifully balanced this wine will unveil its true character over the next twenty years if carefully cellared.

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