Woods Crampton 'Black Label' Riesling 2020
1 or more bottles$29.99
Sam Kim95 points
Gary Walsh94 points
Angus Hughson91 points
The fruit was hand harvested early in the morning into small bins before rapid
transportation to the winery. Following a chill overnight at seven degrees overnight the fruit was whole bunch pressed. Only the finest free run (less than five hundred litres per tonne) was used. The fermentation was very cool, at around twelve degrees, and allowed to ferment to bone dry. The absence of the influence of solids is crucial to the purity of the style.
The nose is pure and fresh. It is dominated by citrus aromas along with hints of green apple and floral blossom. Shows floral and citrus flavours, matched by mineral and lime acidity and a long lingering finish. Will age for 20+ years.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Exhibiting stunning fruit purity and elegance, the wine shows lemon/lime sorbet, white floral and crunchy apple notes on the nose, leading to a finely focused palate displaying outstanding concentration and persistency. Delicate and linear with a terrific lingering dry finish. At its best: 2026 to 2036."
"Green apple and citrus sorbet, vanilla/white flower perfume, very slight whiff of petrol. It’s crunchy and mouth-watering, all the tangy green apple and lime flavours, fine chalky texture, a little grip and firm acidity on a long finish. Intense but enjoyable now."
"There is lots of talk by wine people about aging Australian Riesling. You can put the wines down for ten years in some cases but for me most of the local rieslings are best soon after launch, when they are at their brightest and juiciest best, as seen in Woods Crampton’s 2020 vintage. It is pale in colour and has deliciously approachable fruit – citrus, pear and even a little spice say hello and drink me. It’s then crisp, but also has a slightly richer texture that usual which gives an attractive generosity of fruit. Give it a whirl with fish tacos."
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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.
Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.
Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!
Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
Eden Valley is a cool climate wine region between 400 and 600m up the Barossa range, to the east of the warmer Barossa Valley. It is of a similar size to Barossa Valley, but given the altitude and cooler climate, Eden Valley is reknowned for producing high quality Riesling and Shiraz. Due to its cool climate, small portions of cooler Eden Valley fruit are often blended with 'sister' wines from the Barossa Valley.
The cooler climate provides optimum conditions for long, slow ripening of the grapes, which generally retain acidity and developing complex flavours on the vine. The townships sub regions include Keyneton in the east, Truro in the north and Mt Pleasant in the south and High Eden, located even higher up the Barossa Ranges, with even cooler temperatures.
The soils of the region is generally nutrient poor yellow podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. With its rocky outcrop, which extends to the soild, most irrigation is provided by dams, and most vineyards plant their vines close together. When compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley is slightly higher in altitude and a little cooler, though has similar sunshine hours, but lower levels of continentality.
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About the brand Woods Crampton
Woods Crampton was established in 2010 by label designer Aaron Woods and marketer Nicholas Crampton. They have created a range of wines from the Barossa and Eden Valley covering five varieties and various styles.
Their ambition is to produce unforced wines that flaunt the quality of their fruit and represent their vineyards. Winemaking with minimal interference is followed by creating elegant and expressive wines.
This is one of Nicholas Crampton’s exciting new ventures with his winemaking friend Aaron Woods. They both make the wines at the Sons of Eden winery with additional advice from Igor Kucic. Production has rocketed from 1500 to 5500 dozen as a result of the wine quality and the attractive prices, and they are confident of continued success in the future.