Willunga 100

South Australia, south australia Australia

Willunga 100’s focus is very much on premium Grenache, which has been driven by winemaker Mike Farmilo (who has almost 40 years of experience working in McLaren Vale) and consultant Tim James. Mike and Tim spend a lot of time working with the growers to ensure the quality of fruit is up to their exacting standards.

In 2015, Willunga made two ‘Hundred’ single vineyard wines, one from an 80-year-old site in Blewitt Springs, the other from a 97-year-old site in Clarendon. Together the Blewitt Springs and Clarendon single vineyard wines showcase the diversity of McLaren Vale Grenache. The same winemaking techniques were used for both wines, which involved some whole bunch in the blend, ageing on lees in stainless steel for 12 months prior to bottling and no oak ageing. In comparison to Blewitt Springs, Clarendon is higher in altitude and has more of a continental climate with high daytime temperatures and cool nights. Bright, floral and perfumed on the nose with red berry fruits, this expression demonstrates the elegance of McLaren Vale Grenache. Soils in Blewitt Springs are ancient sandy soils with an underlying clay and ironstone base. Warm sunny days and moderating sea breezes characterise the climate in this sub-region. The resulting wine has lovely dark cherry aromas on the nose and a richness and roundness to the palate. Both 2015 wines were recognised for their exceptional quality at Australia’s Regional Wine Shows in 2016 and 2017. At the McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016, the Clarendon was awarded Gold and Blewitt Springs won two trophies, including Best McLaren Vale Grenache. At both the Adelaide Wine Show and Royal Sydney Wine Show in 2017, Blewitt Springs was awarded Top Gold.

‘The Tithing’ is made only in the best years and is aged in French oak hogsheads, which are larger than barriques, so as to avoid oak masking the delicate aromatics of Grenache. The 2013 vintage is from a single vineyard in Seaview where terra rossa soils mix with sand to give great structure to the wine. The 2013 is outstanding: complex and intense with ripe black fruit and savoury overtones. The 2016 is from low yielding 60-year-old vines in the DiFabio vineyard in Blewitt Springs. It is rich and concentrated with superb length and freshness. Two other Grenaches complete Willunga 100’s genuflection before the altar of this superb variety: the Willunga 100 Grenache is a perfumed and spicy expression of the variety, with great freshness; while the Grenache Rosé is pale, dry and deliciously supple.

The Tempranillo is packed with blackberry, spice and an earthiness which gives the wine a savoury note. The Shiraz/Viognier is rich and luscious with the ripe fruits harnessed by supple tannins. The 2015 Cabernet/Shiraz, which won a Trophy at the Sommelier Wine Awards in 2017, displays delicious berry fruit that is lent a supple texture on the palate by the 35% of Shiraz in the blend. These wines offer exceptional value.

 

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