Woods Crampton 'Old John' Shiraz 2017

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WCSH201716 UCAU
  • Barossa Shiraz with a splash of Bonvedro (a rare Spanish red grape) to add interest
  • Fruit is sourced from vines up to 75 years old
  • "great to drink. Bargain." Gary Walsh
  • 1 or more bottles
    $23.99
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  • Gary Walsh
    94 points
  • James Halliday
    91 points

Editors notes

A blend of 86% Shiraz and 14% Bonvedro. Fruit is sourced from a 60 year old vineyard in the Light Pass sub district of the Barossa Valley, a 55 year old Eden Valley vineyard and Bonvedro from the 75 year old John’s Vineyard. Bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

The nose is dark and brooding, offering glimpses of dark berry fruit, exotic spice and wild forest floor. The wine flows across the palate with a dense inky intensity and supple mouth-coating texture. Flavours of dark berries, licorice and blood plums evolve to exotic spice and hints of wild herb on an expansive back palate courtesy of the Bonvedro. The finish is impressively detailed and defined by stalky whole bunch complexity and a fresh finish.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Gary Walsh

    94
    "I generally like a little something extra in with my Shiraz, so long as it’s not Viognier. Bonvedro is a good sounding grape name. This is rich and tasty, but not overdone. Black fruit, spice, sage and mint, pleasant sort of meatiness. Medium to full bodied, all boysenberry and spice, a black olive tapanade flavour, gentle grip of fine grained, but dense tannin, excellent length. Offers an extra dimension of interest, and also, great to drink. Bargain."
  • James Halliday

    91
    "Includes a splash of bonvedro from Woods Crampton's two oldest vineyards, a 20% whole bunch component kept separate until blending and bottling. This is unequivocally full-bodied, and stands out from the elegant mould most of the reds of Southeast Australia achieved in '17 with seeming ease. It has to be respected, especially for those looking for wines with a minimum development of 10 years"

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Locations

Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

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.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

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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.

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