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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Woods Crampton Mataro 2012

Buy. I don't recall any other occasion where I've started a tasting note with a recommendation to part with your hard earned, but I feel here it's warranted.

A bit of history in regards to fruit source: drawn off of a single vineyard in the Vine Vale sub-region, vines in their eightieth or so year, organically grown. Normally that's marketing guff and back label talk for "expect to pay north of $40". Here you can have such a wine for around $20.

Yet, ignoring price and provenance for a moment, it's a remarkable wine standing up on its own. I saw it as a complex beast, opening with partially cured meat backed up with cherry and almond; hints of choc-hazelnut, apricot - offering something else at each re-appraisal.

More medium than full - using a boxer as metaphor you'd be thinking Muhammad Ali, a sure heavyweight but with a lightness of touch, a deftness. On the palate we see blue-black fruits, moving to a minerally/ ferrous feel. There seems a secondary phase beyond the initial lightness, where it steps up a gear, a little spice, moderate tannin, lasting grip; generosity of flavour, subtlety, guile. Simply superb. 94 

Tasted on: Saturday 1st February, Root to Flower day 
Source: Retail, Spiros Paddington
Price: $20-25
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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