Willunga 100 is in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide. The grapes for the...
wines come from a range of selected vineyards in McLaren Vale, including some over 80 years old. Winemaker Mike Farmilo joined the team as head winemaker in 2013 and is supported by Tim James. Together they aim to produce unique and distinctive wines which capture the essence of the region. They use modern equipment alongside traditional winemaking techniques to ferment the small parcels of fruit arriving at the winery. The term "hundred" originates from late Saxon and Norman England and refers to an administrative unit of government, meaning that 100+ households had to live in the area to qualify for its place on the map. Willunga 100 select their fruit from small parcels just as the district was divided up into '100s', or small lots.
The vineyard comprises of 60 year old bush vines which are hand-picked. The climate of McLaren Vale is often compared to that of the Mediterranean, warm sunny days, with sea breeze influences from the nearby Gulf St Vincent. These warm days in union with the cooling maritime evening changes are perfect for ripening the grapes whilst maintaining a crisp, clean acid structure.
2015 was a vintage that ripened early due to warm weather conditions. However, a lack of early vintage rain and a moderating cool change made the picking window for Grenache especially tight. Getting canopy management and picking dates correct was paramount to retaining acidity and savoury flavours in the wines.
The fruit was hand-picked and then gently whole bunch pressed and left to drain in the press for 24 hours, without too much colour extraction in order to keep the wine as pale as possible. The juice was settled, racked and then fermented using a more neutral yeast strain. It was then lightly fined, filtered and put into bottle as soon as possible to maintain the crisp delicate aromatics and savoury tannin structure.
A pretty nose full of strawberries, cherries and subtle rose petal aromatics. On the palate the wine has a lovely savoury tannin profile and crisp drying acid which gives it great length.
|Grape varieties||100% Grenache/Garnacha
0% Sauvignon Blanc
|Region||McLaren Vale, South Australia|
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