Both Aaron (Woods) and Nicholas Crampton were helping out at Sons of Eden during vintage in 2010, where the fruit is mostly in small open fermenters and spent a lot of time with them. As so often happens, you fall in love with these great parcels of perfect fruit you are working with and ask if you could can keep a little for your own wine. The pair talked about how they wanted to make a style a little away from Sons with more initial drinkability and character and so, began their journey creating Woods Crampton wines.
SupermarketNews spoke to Nicholas Crampton, co-founder of the brand and parent company Fourth Wave Wines, about the winery and its award-winning wines.
What characteristics of your wine are influenced by the physical landscape of your winery?
“The White Label Shiraz is a blend of the intensely flavoured black fruits of the warm Barossa Valley and the supple blue fruits of the cooler Eden Valley (just over a ridge but a world away climatically) – the mix is a great combination of intensity, drinkability and freshness.”
What is one of the most rewarding things about winemaking?
“When a plan comes together! Something that has been thought out and worked on all year, an agricultural product you cannot fully control turns into a wine that you love and people appreciate.”
“The nose is very ripe and lifted with primary fruit aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice with only the lightest hints of oak. The palate is bold and effortless with a depth of spicy, dark berry fruit flavours wrapped in fine tannins before a finish given definition by whole-bunch derived grip and fresh acidity.”
What was important in making this award-winning wine?
“In terms of wine-making we think less is more, creating fresher brighter styles, with less oak and a small bit of whole bunch influence.”
“Chargrilled eye fillet with green peppercorn sauce.”
How long can you shelf your winning bottle of wine for?
“This wine drinks well now but will improve significantly with twelve months in bottle, before aging gracefully for well over ten years.”
Who would your wine appeal to?
“The Woods Crampton White Label Shiraz should appeal to the wine drinker where wine is part of their life but not a competition, people looking for a wine that bit better and more interesting – that compliments the meal and the occasion without dominating the conversation.”
How would you describe this wine to someone who's never had this grape varietal/blend before?
“Typically bold and full-bodied, this shiraz has a fruitcake spice, violet and mulberry scents and dark chocolate notes, bound by a stream of juiciness and acidity.”
If you could do a wine bottle swap with any winery in NZ or the world, which winery and wine would it be with?
“I like a lot of New Zealand wine and whilst it wouldn’t be a fair swap, the first wine that comes to mind is Te Mata Coleraine.”
Founders: Nicholas Crampton and Aaron Woods
Current Owner: Nicholas Crampton and Aaron Woods
Winemaker: Nicholas Crampton and Aaron Woods
Location: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Wine varietals produced: Shiraz, Mataro, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose, GSM.