2015 Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz

2015 Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz

Recommendations

While Willunga 100 are probably better known for Grenache than Cabernet blends, this underrated red shows is so hearty and real. Led by tannins, and glowing with the ripe fruit that the 2015 McLaren Vale vintage is famous for, this is just so packed with flavour.

Expert Reviews

93 Points - Ned Goodwin - Halliday's Wine CompanionThe quintessential Australian blend, proving just how well cabernet can perform under a cooling maritime influence, even in the warmth of McLaren Vale. Black currant, dark cherry, plum and bay leaf-infused bouillon, offers little room for mistaking the baritone of the choir. Indeed, cabernet makes up 65% of the blend and its aromatic harmonies soar over the blue fruits and warmth of syrah, a soprano backing vocal.

Tech stuff

Cabernet Shiraz
Willunga 100
McLaren Vale
2015
750ml
14%
Cellar to 2021
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Intense mulberry, plum and a hint of mint are in balance with the rich spicy Shiraz characters. The palate is a smooth blend of the Cabernet tannins coupled with rich cherry and spice flavours from the bolder Shiraz. French oak has a supporting role to the smooth and lingering finish.

How was it made?

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz sourced from prime McLaren Vale vineyards.

Who made it?

Before their first vintage in 2005, the Willunga 100 team explored the McLaren Vale vineyards and came across plots of 50-year-old Grenache vines. At this time, most of the wine produced from this fruit was destined for blending as there was little demand for top quality Grenache. Willunga 100 decided this had to change, so they made these vines their focus and gave them the attention they deserved. The Willunga 100 team haven’t looked back since. The soils in McLaren Vale are among the oldest in the world, estimated at over 500 million years. The resulting low vigour and old vines combine to produce low yields in the vineyard and stunning, concentrated fruit. Willunga 100 take their name from the historic ‘Hundred’ (administrative area of 100 square miles) of Willunga that was established in 1839 - only three years after the settlement of South Australia – and today marks the land from which much of their fruit is sourced. The tree featured on their bottle label is an old River Red Gum, which stands tall over the vineyards and was already over one hundred years of age when the first vines were planted in McLaren Vale in the 1840s.

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