Woods Crampton Phillip Patrick Old Vines Single Vineyard Shiraz, Eden Valley
Sourced from an outstanding 50-year-old vineyard, dry grown and planted on its own rootstocks, on the road between Angaston and Moculta, that delivers near-perfect bunches of amazing fruit. 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 being 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. At two grams, the ferment was pressed in a very old, very gentle pneumatic press to a settling tank to finish fermentation. The fruit was racked to high-quality low toast French Oak Puncheons (500L), seventy per cent new, and topped every six weeks but not racked or stirred for twenty months. The wine was not fined, given a coarse filtration and a dash of sulphur before bottling.