The colour is pale pink with a hint of salmon. The nose is lifted and full of aroma, field strawberries and cherry jump out of the glass. The palate has a savoury tannin profile with a crisp drying acid, giving it great length. Made to drink now (and put another in the fridge!).
This wine shows the Grenache characters of both the Blewitt Springs and McLaren Flat sub-zones. Bright, lifted and intense floral aromatics in the blue and red berry spectrum. The texture and richness from the lees ageing and oak maturation are harnessed by fine sandy tannins that reflect the soil of the vineyards. Excellent food match with Sichuan beef and ginger-soy greens
Intense mulberry, plum and a hint of mint are in balance with rich spice. The palate is a smooth blend of the Cabernet tannins coupled with luscious cherry and spice flavours from the bolder Shiraz. French oak holds a supporting role, aiding in the pleasing and lingering finish.
Aromatics of black cherry, sweet plum and hints of allspice are evident. The palate is a little more generous with blackberries, spice and an earthiness that gives the wine a savoury note. The tannins are persistent and promote great length, backed by a balanced acid structure. Will age beautifully.
The Tithing Grenache forms part of the limited release range. Only made in the best vintages from small parcels of premium old dry grown bush vine grapes from iconic vineyards within the region.
The Tithing showcases the influence of oak and barrel maturation to mirror the old-world style of Grenache that can be achieved with McLaren Vale fruit. The handpicked fruit is open fermented at high temperatures with regular pump overs and plunging down to ensure optimum early extraction. This regime lessens towards the end of ferment ensuring the delicate aromatics of Grenache are retained. The wine is matured using a mixture of new and seasoned French oak puncheons which add complexity and mid-palate richness. The power and concentration of this wine sees it hold its own against its old-world peers such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Priorat and Roussilon.
Bottled under screwcap to ensure freshness and longevity, this wine will delight for years to come.
The 'Hundred' range exemplifies the diversity in style that can be achieved with McLaren Vale Grenache by focusing on single vineyard wines from some of the region's finest sub-zones.
The dry grown bush vines for this Single Vineyard Grenache, were planted in 1923 on ancient loam soil over red-brown clay and bedrock. The vineyard is situated 220m above sea level, on the moderate to steep hills of the Clarendon Onkaparinga Gorge.
Fruit is hand harvested and whole berry sorted, then vinified in open fermenters and gently basket pressed. The result is an elegant and fragrant wine that is a pure expression of both site and variety.
The ' Hundred' range exemplifies the diversity in style that can be achieved with McLaren Vale Grenache by focusing on single vineyard wines from some of the region's finest sub-zones.
The dry grown bush vines for this single vineyard Grenache were planted in 1952 on ancient sandy soil is over a clay and ironstone base. The Trott vineyard is situated 21Om above sea level, on the moderate to steep hills of Blewitt Springs next to the Onkaparinga Gorge.
Fruit is hand harvested and whole berry sorted, then vinified in open fermenters and gently basket pressed. The result is a vibrant and complex wine that is a pure expression of both site and variety.
The colour has a bright purple intensity, solid to the core. The nose offers a tremendous lift of spice from the Viognier. Dark blackberries are supported in the background by a careful use of oak. The palate is rich and luscious, followed by long tannins and dominating fruit.
Here at Willunga 100, we take great pride in our award-winning McLaren Vale wines. Our small and passionate team have created an exciting and vibrant range that truly showcases the magic of our region.
Before our first vintage in 2005, we explored the region and came across plots of 50-year-old Grenache vines. At the time, most Grenache was destined for blending. We decided this had to change, so we made these vines our focus and gave them the attention they deserved.
McLaren Vale has great geological diversity from sub-region to sub-region, and the soils are among the oldest in the world estimated at over 500 million years. This, along with the mediterranean climate and old vines, combine to produce low yields and stunning, concentrated fruit.
Where do we get our name? We take our name from the historic Hundred of Willunga that was established in 1839, only three years after the settlement of South Australia. At the time, 100 households were needed to occupy an area in order to qualify for a place on the map, this was called a Hundred. Today, the Hundred of Willunga is where much of our fruit comes from.
The tree featured on our bottles is an old River Red Gum that stands tall over the vineyards. It was well over a hundred years old when the first vines were planted in Australia in the 1840s.