Vintage: 2020

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2020WI102B206 x 75ScrewcapAvailable
Vegetarian
Vegan
Producer

Willunga 100 has focused on premium Grenache since its first vintage in 2005. It was the sensitivity to site that Grenache displays in McLaren Vale, that attracted owners David Gleave MW and John Ratcliffe during their first recce to the region. They became determined to showcase the old vine Grenache they came across in vineyard after vineyard, particularly at a time when few took this grape seriously.

Since 2015, Willunga 100 has made two single-vineyard wines, one from Sue Trott’s 80-year-old vineyard in Blewitt Springs and the other from Bernard and Wayne Smart’s century-old vineyard in Clarendon. The same winemaking techniques are used for both wines, involving whole bunch fermentation, ageing on lees in stainless steel for 12 months before bottling and no oak ageing. Compared to Blewitt Springs, Clarendon has a higher elevation and more of a continental climate, with warmer 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. The vines in Blewitt Springs are planted on 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, with richness and roundness on the palate.

From the 2021 vintage the name of each vineyard, brought to life by original winemaker Skye Salter, is acknowledged on the label of these two wines. The 2021 ‘Smart’ won the Grenache trophy at Australia’s National Wine Show in 2023. This is the second time a Willunga Grenache has been honoured with a trophy at the show, as in 2017 the 2015 ‘Trott’ took home Best Alternative Variety. In late 2022 Renae Hirsch took over in the winery. A highly accomplished winemaker, she brings a wealth of experience and a passion for McLaren Vale Grenache.

Willunga 100 purchased the ‘Blind Spot’ vineyard in 2019. This 19-hectare site, in the heart of Blewitt Springs on Maslin sands, has close to eight hectares of old, bush-trained Grenache situated on Moritz Road, within the ‘Hundred of Willunga’. This is the source of Willunga 100’s Grenache and Grenache Rosé, both of which are single vineyard wines. The former has about 15% whole bunch in 2021 vintage, which lifts the naturally aromatic fruit of Grenache grown on Maslin sand, while the latter is pale, dry and, as they say in Australia, ‘smashable’.

Vineyards

The Shiraz for this blend comes from a vineyard in the Whites Valley subregion of McLaren Vale. The modern trellised vines were planted in the mid-nineties on a soil formation that consists of red brown alluvial fan clays, sands and gravels.

Vintage

2020 was a challenging vintage in the McLaren Vale. A very hot and dry spring coupled with strong winds led to shorter shoot length and poor fruit set, which meant lower yields overall. McLaren Vale was very lucky to avoid the bushfires and smoke taint from the fires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. The ripening season ended up being relatively cool and long, with the resultant fruit showing great concentration of flavour and lovely bright natural acidity.

Vinification

The Shiraz was fermented on skins for seven days before being basket-pressed to stainless steel tanks for the remainder of primary fermentation. Once fermented to dryness, 50% of the wine was racked to third-use French oak hogsheads. The rest of the wine remained in tank where it underwent malolactic conversion and aged for 10 months. The Viognier was fermented separately and blended with the Shiraz prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

The Shiraz Viognier 2020 has a complex and enticing nose of florals, spice and some meaty, savoury notes, with a full and rich palate typical of McLaren Vale. The Shiraz delivers a solid fruit core of dark plum, black cherry, liquorice and spice while the touch of Viognier brings a vibrant and fragrant lift to the nose. Fine-grained tannins offer a moreish, savoury edge.

Alcohol (ABV)

14.5%

Acidity

5.3 g/l

Residual Sugar

0.4 g/l

pH

3.58

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