Willunga 100

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2018 Vintage Update

Nathan Hughes
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Vintage 2018 is well under way and producing superb fruit. Mike and Tim have been busy in the vineyards picking a small parcel of Tempranillo and a new Shiraz vineyard in Willunga. This week gets even busier as we pick our Home Block Tempranillo in the warmer beachside district of McLaren Vale, and then move toward the cooler sites of McLaren Flat, Blewitt Springs and Clarendon to pick our Single Vineyard Grenache.

Given the even, moderate, and dry growing season with only a few hot spikes across summer, its shaping up to be an excellent year for Grenache and McLaren Vale as a region. 

We look forward to sharing these wines with you soon! Stay tuned. 

Sam Kim from Wine Orbit gives Willunga 100 5 stars

ReviewsNathan Hughes
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About Sam Kim
Sam has been involved for the past 30 years in New Zealand hospitality, wine retail, importing and distribution, as well as running wine courses and master classes. Wine Orbit is a website featuring reviews of New Zealand wines and wines of the world.


Willunga 100, Grenache Rosé 2017, McLaren Vale - 93 points, 5 stars
It is delicate yet delightfully flavoursome, displaying raspberry, cranberry, rockmelon and lemon zest
characters on the nose, followed by a vibrant palate that is bright and juicy. The wine offers sweet berry
flavours together with refreshing acidity, finishing long and crisp. A fabulous drink. At its best: now to 2019. AU$18.00. www.willunga100.com. Jan 2018. BUY NOW

Willunga 100, The Hundred Grenache 2016, McLaren Vale - 95 points, 5 stars
Made from 93-year-old, dry-grown bush vines, this is a stunning grenache; the perfumed bouquet shows raspberry coulis, dark plum, toasted hazelnut, game and floral characters. The palate is equally gratifying with pristine fruit flavours and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by velvety texture and fine tannins. Flavoursome, generous and delectable. At its best: now to 2026. AU$35.00. www.willunga100.com. Jan 2018.

Willunga 100, The Tithing Grenache 2016, McLaren Vale - 96 points, 5 stars
This is seriously good; the fragrant and complex bouquet shows raspberry, strawberry tart, cedar, floral and warm spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is plush and soothing. The wine displays excellent depth and intensity, together with fabulous fruit purity and spicy complexity, finishing superbly long and silky. At its best: now to 2028. AU$45.00. www.willunga100.com. Jan 2018.

Willunga 100, Shiraz Grenache 2016, McLaren Vale - 93 points, 5 stars
Comfort wine at its best, this is fruit-expressive, fragrant and flavoursome. The inviting bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, hazelnut, game and black olive characters, followed by succulent palate that is juicy and smooth with plenty of attractive fruit flavours, backed by silky tannins. At its best: now to 2024. AU$25.00. www.willunga100.com. Jan 2018.

Willunga 100, Tempranillo 2016, McLaren Vale - 93 points, 5 stars
It is immediately appealing on the nose showing dark plum, blackcurrant, thyme, floral and cocoa aromas, leading to a succulent palate that displays rich fruit intensity and silky mouthfeel, wonderfully supported by fine, polished tannins. The wine is plump and fleshy, and offers terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2024. AU$25.00. www.willunga100.com. Jan 2018. BUY NOW

Willunga 100, Shiraz Viognier 2016, McLaren Vale - 94 points, 5 stars
A delicious offering; the beautifully lifted bouquet shows black/blueberry, plum jelly, chocolate tart and cedar characters. The palate is concentrated and beautifully rounded, offering gorgeous fruit purity as well as richness, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and supple tannins. At its best: now to 2026. AU$25.00. www.willunga100.com. Jan 2018.

Straight to the Pool Room - The Hundred Grenache Wins Again

Nathan Hughes
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We did it again! Our 2015 The Hundred Grenache,Clarendon has taken out "Best Two-Year-Old Grenache" at the McLaren Vale Wine Show, plus 96 points in the recent James Halliday Grenache Challenge. This is the third year one of Grenache wines has won a trophy at the McLaren Vale Wine Show, last year being the The Hundred Grenache, Blewitt Springs.

These two wines now have the following accolades; 

2015 The Hundred Grenache, Clarendon
Gold Medal - 2016 McLaren Vale Wine Show
Trophy - Best Two-Year-Old Grenache - 2017 McLaren Vale Wine Show
96 Points - Grenache Challenge - James Halliday Wine Companion

2015 The Hundred Grenache, Blewitt Springs
Best One-Year-Old Grenache - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016
Best Grenache - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016
Trophy, Best Other Variety - National Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - The Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal and 96 points at the Sydney Royal Wine Show
93 Points - Halliday Wine Companion

To try these wines for yourself CHECK OUT OUR THE HUNDRED GRENACHE PACK HERE. We've even included $120.00 worth of bonus bottles for you and FREE SHIPPING! 

2018 Halliday Wine Companion Scores

Nathan Hughes

The 2018 Halliday Wine Companion has been released and Willunga 100 has again received some great scores. We've put together a selection of our top rated wines, including the 2015 The Hundred Grenache from Blewitt Springs which received 93 points and also took out a gold medal and 96 points at the recent Sydney Royal Wine Show. Click on the image below to purchase our "Halliday's Selection Pack" to try these wines for yourself. 

2 x 2015 The Hundred Grenache, Blewitt Springs - 93 Points + Gold Medal and 96 points at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. 
2 x 2015 The Hundred Grenache, Clarendon - 93 Points
2 x 2015 Grenache - 93 Points
2 x 2015 Cabernet Shiraz - 93 Points
2 x 2015 Shiraz Viognier - 92 Points
2 x 2016 Grenache Rosé  - 91 Points

Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz Wins Gold and Best Food Match

Nathan Hughes

This year at London’s annual Sommelier Wine Awards our 2015 Cabernet Shiraz received not only a gold medal and a food match trophy, but also some great comments from the chefs and judges, check them out; 

"Neil Tabraham of Paris House praised this red blend’s ‘crunchy black fruits, chewy tannins with cassis and a chocolate richness on the finish’, while Dario Barbato of Individual Restaurants found ‘blackcurrant aromas with spicy and toasty notes, and the tannins are there, but rounded and not too aggressive’. Jamavar’s Alessandro de Angelis described a ‘menthol aroma, with a lively, fragrant palate and a lovely floral finish’, while WineEd’s Matthew Cocks appreciated its ‘elegant style, with a plush mid-palate and peppery finish, making it a match for a pepper-crusted flank steak’."

To try the 2015 Cabernet Shiraz for yourself, check out our 2014/2015 mixed pack here. Available only until the end of June. 

2015 Willunga 100 Grenache Halliday Review

Nathan Hughes

Halliday Wine Companion
April/May 2017 Issue

2015 The Hundred Grenache, Blewitt Springs

"Bright red in the glass, it has floral aromatics of a spring rose garden with spice and red fruit that jump out of the glass. The palate is luscious with a generosity of fruits, from strawberry to a hint of cinnamon, harnessed by fine, sandy tannins. It drinks perfectly with slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Enjoy from now until 2025."

The Insiders Guide to McLaren Vale

Nathan Hughes

James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine
April/May 2017 Issue

In this month's issue of the Halliday Wine Companion, Willunga 100 is featured in the McLaren Vale special. Here's the article:

What’s special about your part of McLaren Vale?

Blewitt Springs offers some of the most amazing views in McLaren Vale. The rolling slopes planted with bush-vine Grenache in distinctive, ancient sandy soils provide a stunning panorama of the Gulf St Vincent, while a drive from nearby Onkaparinga River National Park down to McLaren Vale quickly illustrates just how geographically diverse the region is.

Do you have an insider tip for visitors?

The ever-changing seasonal menu at The Salopian Inn always offers a great food match with our The Hundred Grenache, and washing down fish and chips with rose at The Victory Hotel is a must for any visitor.

Which wine styles are central to what you do?

We specialise in Grenache. The styles of Grenache in McLaren Vale vary significantly from sub-zone to sub-zone. With our signature wine, The Hundred, we aim to show the diversity of Grenache from Blewitt Springs by bottling early with zero oak influence, allowing the brightness of the fruit to shine through.

 

The Hundred Grenache wins again!

Nathan Hughes
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Our 2015 The Hundred Grenache from Blewitt Springs has done it again, it just received the Trophy for Best Other Variety at the 2016 National Wine Show. We're thrilled this wine has been so well recieved, to date it has the following tucked under it's cap:

  • Trophy, Best Other Variety, National Wine Show
  • Trophy, Best Grenache, McLaren Vale Wine Show
  • Trophy, Best One year Old Grenache, McLaren Vale Wine Show
  • Gold, National Wine Show
  • Gold, McLaren Vale Wine Show
  • Gold, Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • 91 Points, The Wine Front

Beautifully coloured with floral aromas, a luscious palate and fine sandy tannins. It pairs well with slow roasted lamb and will age very nicely until 2025.

To try for yourself CLICK HERE - We'll ship for free!

Winners are Grinners

Nathan Hughes

Willunga 100 had a very successful few weeks winning back-to-back awards at both the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and the McLaren Vale Wine Show. We love what we do so to receive awards such as these is the cherry on top.

We’ve put the winning wines together in a handy “Winners Pack” for you to try at home. CLICK HERE to purchase.

Here's a list of the latest winners:

2015 The Hundred Grenache, Blewitt Springs
Best one year old Grenache, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016
Best Grenache, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016

2015 The Hundred Grenache, Clarendon
Gold Medal, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016

2015 Tempranillo
Gold Medal, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2016

2016 Rose
Gold Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016

Living in the nineties - 2017 Halliday Wine Companion results

Nathan Hughes

The 2017 Halliday Wine Companion is out and we're pleased to say Willunga 100 has again hit all the right notes. Master reviewer, James Halliday has reissued our five star status for another year saying "The Winemaking team these days is decidedly high-powered, with the hugely experienced Tim James and Mike Farmilo the conductors of the band. The focus is on the diverse districts within McLaren Vale, and the resource of dry grown bushvine Grenache."

All of the wines reviewed were scored in the nineties and received comments such as "the savoury tannin structure is something to behold", "its vibrant acidity the key to its rare quality" and "with rare drive and grip that only McLaren Vale can produce".

We are always thrilled to receive great feedback, but even more so to share these wines with you. They are all available here and as always, we ship for free!

View the full review here.

Willunga 100 in the 100 Best, again

Reviews, General NewsNathan Hughes

Renowned UK critic and Grenache enthusiast Matthew Jukes has been a long-time fan of the Willunga 100 range. This year marks the second in a row that our Cabernet Shiraz has been included in his 100 Best Australian Wines report.

In addition, he has just included Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Grenache as one of his Top 100 Red Wines for Summer in The Daily Mail Weekend Magazine. He commented:

"One of the juiciest, most enthralling wines of the moment, this has an explosion of pipe smoke, rhubarb and mulberry pie scents on the nose (I’m not joking!) and a creamy, succulent palate. It could charm even the most hard-to-please wine lovers.”

Click here to try our Grenache and Cabernet Shiraz for yourself. We ship for free within Australia!

Success at the 2015 McLaren Vale Wine Show

AwardsNathan Hughes

We have enjoyed great success on this year’s show circuit and are very happy to share the news that two Willunga 100 wines have just won trophies at the prestigious McLaren Vale Wine Show. Our Cabernet Shiraz 2014 was awarded the trophy for Best McLaren Vale Cabernet Predominant Blend, while ‘The Hundred’ Grenache 2014 scooped the Best McLaren Vale Grenache trophy.

With judges including James Halliday and Huon Hooke, the McLaren Vale Wine Show’s mission is to “provide a vehicle for presenting McLaren Vale wines to ensure that the excellence of the varieties, viticulture, production, provenance and sub-regionality are celebrated” and we are thrilled that our wines have been recognised at the highest level on all these counts. Given the region’s reputation for producing Australia’s best Grenache, this particular category was, unsurprisingly, the most competitive at the Show…so for ‘The Hundred’ to be named top Grenache in McLaren Vale is a remarkable achievement.

The full list of our awards from this year’s show season is testament to the quality of our wines from the 2014 vintage:

2014 ‘The Hundred’ Grenache
Trophy for the Best McLaren Vale Grenache (McLaren Vale Wine Show 2015)

2014 Cabernet Shiraz
Trophy for the Best McLaren Vale Cabernet Predominant Blend (McLaren Vale Wine Show 2015)

2014 Tempranillo
Trophy for the Best Tempranillo of Show (Winewise Awards 2015)

2014 Grenache
Gold Medal (Winewise Awards 2015)

2014 Shiraz Viognier
Top Gold of its Class (Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015)

2013 Shiraz Viognier
Gold Medal (New Zealand International Wine Show 2015)

2013 Cabernet Shiraz
Gold Medal (New Zealand International Wine Show 2015)

For more information about the McLaren Vale Wine Show and to see the full list of winners, visit http://mclarenvale.info/wine/wine-show/results/.

Willunga 100 Shiraz Viognier Wins Gold

AwardsNathan Hughes

We are delighted to announce that Willunga 100 2014 Shiraz Viognier won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. With 18.5 points, the Shiraz Viognier was the top-scorer in its category.

The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is one of Australia’s pre-eminent wine shows, with all wines judged blind across four days by the panel.