Willunga 100

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Willunga 100 Grenache Rosé - Diana Thompson declares it ultra-premium without the ultra price tag

ReviewsKaren Galletly

Our 2018 Grenache Rosé received a delightful UK write up by Diana Thompson in her 'Top Picks' for Foodies Magazine.

"Another region renowned for Shiraz, McLaren Vale is starting to spoil us with interesting new varieties as well as some ultra-premium Grenache. Whilst this rosé doesn’t have the price tag of the ultra-premium wines, it’s certainly up there with those that do and well worth trying. Deliciously fresh and packed with ripe raspberries and crushed strawberries.” - Diana Thompson, Foodies Magazine, April 2019.

To try this wine for yourself, click here.

Click here to read the full article.

Mediterranean Month: Recipe - Spaghetti with pancetta and chilli tomato

Karen Galletly
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When it comes to a balanced lifestyle, Mediterranean’s know how it should be done! And, they know how to best enjoy a good glass of wine. It is not just what Mediterranean’s drink, it’s how they drink. It’s about taking time out to sit down for a meal with others to catch up and socialise. They eat and drink together having lively conversations instead of constantly checking their mobile phones. It’s all about connecting with family and friends.

So, WILLUNGA 100 is going Mediterranean this January and therefore, it's Tempranillo time! Tempranillo comes from the Spanish word, “temprana” which means early, referring to the fact that it’s an early-ripening red variety.

Try a bottle of our 2016 Tempranillo with this delicious pasta recipe, and make a point of enjoying it with good company. PLUS for the month of January this wine is on SALE, click here to find out more.


Spaghetti with pancetta and chilli tomato

Ingredients

  • 130g pancetta, roughly chopped into small pieces

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 hot dried red chilli, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp dry white wine

  • 500g small cherry plum tomatoes, cut into quarters

  • 400g spaghetti pasta

  • 80g, freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. For the sauce, put the pancetta and onion in a pan with the oil and chilli, and fry gently for about 4-5 minutes. Add the white wine and tomatoes and cook for a further 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the spaghetti and mix with the sauce.

  3. Serve sprinkled generously with the freshly grated Parmesan and WILLUNGA 100 Tempranillo, or any of our Grenache wines.

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.

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

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/.