A modern, fruit driven Barossa Shiraz with a focus on drinkability. A world away from the over-extracted and over the top styles loved by the Americans.
Cool Climate Barossa Shiraz?
The Barossa Valley is unquestionably Australia’s leading wine region. A wealth of old vines combined with a warm, benign climate created a signature style of full bodied, intensely flavoured Shiraz that has become famous the world over. The influence of American wine critic Robert Parker, and his penchant for massively rich and heroically alcoholic red wines, led to an arms race by wineries to make big and bigger styles. These syrupy wines, reinforced by lashes of tannin and showy American oak, were impressive for the first glass but almost impossible to finish by the bottle.
We at Woods Crampton set out to make a more elegant and versatile expression of Barossa Shiraz, with a clear focus on drinkability. Our aim was to allow the natural richness and effortless power of Barossa wines to shine, without manipulation or addition, creating balanced and approachable wines that are as rewarding for the last glass as the first.
Sourced from established, low-yielding vineyards primarily on the valley slopes that were picked about one week earlier than average. Fifteen percent cool climate Eden Valley fruit added.
The fruit for the 2012 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz was selected from a number of established low-yielding vineyards primarily at higher altitudes and none on the Barossa floor. One of the key factors was that we picked just as the fruit reached flavour ripeness, up to a week earlier than many (who “leave the fruit hanging” chasing maximum ripeness but at resulting in porty, dead fruit character.) Finally, fifteen percent cooler climate Eden Valley Shiraz was also added for elegance, length and back palate lift.