2012 Woods Crampton Frances & Nicole Blenkiron Vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz

imageWho was expecting a Woods Crampton super-premium? Actually I did taste it with Nicholas Crampton earlier in the year. He remarked on the shape and I remarked on the persistence and finesse of the tannin. We were both right. The vineyard lies east of Angaston towards Moculta. The parcel of fruit stood out, demanding more attention and a separate bottling. A dedication to Nicholas and Aaron (Woods’) better halves in the naming.

Tremendous form and focus plus a set of textured tannins that add lazy length. Satin on the tongue. Animation and balance. Boysenberry, mulberry, lamb jus, mint sauce and pepper. Presents as a Sunday roast of sorts – an unaffected one but faultlessly executed. An Eden Valley Shiraz drinker’s delight. Dropped a point on the final day of tasting but that’s hardly a deterrent. 94

Region: Eden Valley
Alcohol: 14.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $50
Tasted: May 2014


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