Woods Crampton Michael John Centenarian Vines Single Vineyard Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Sourced from a vineyard planted in 1894 in the Marananga sub-region, dry grown and planted on its own rootstocks. Hand-picked at less than one and a half tonnes per acre.
Made using Burgundian techniques and a ‘hands-off’ philosophy. The fruit is hand-picked, given an overnight chill before a cold-soak for seven days at seven degrees. The fruit is primarily de-stemmed and allowed to reach ambient temperature before transferred to one-tonne fermenters with 30% whole bunches laid across the bottom. A very slow, cool ferment with the cap held down and hand plunging twice daily. The fruit is racked to high-quality low toast French Oak barriques (300L), fifty per cent new, and topped every six weeks but not racked or stirred for twenty months. The wine is not fined, given a coarse filtration and a dash of sulphur before bottling.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.