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Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz 2015 (1x75cl)
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 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from the Azzolino vineyard's 30 year old vines grown on irrigated, clay over loam soils in the Willunga foothills subregion. Some Cabernet fruit also comes from the San Remo vineyard's 20 year old vines grown on loam over limestone soils in the Seaview subregion. A portion of the Shiraz also comes from the Azzolino vineyard as well as the Hillside vineyard which is located in the Sellicks Hill sub region.
Each parcel was fermented separately in a combination of open fermenters and stainless steel pump-over tanks. Warm ferment temperatures of around 28-30 degrees, combined with a targeted pump-over and plunging regime allowed for optimum extraction without over extracting the tannins, and still maintaining fruit purity. The wine was then matured in both new and old French oak and some in stainless steel tank to allow a portion of intensely aromatic wine to be blended back with the barrel aged wine.
Intense mulberry, plum and a hint of eucalyptus are in balance with the rich Shiraz characters. The palate is a smooth blend of the Cabernet tannins coupled with rich cherry and spice from the bolder Shiraz and a smooth lingering finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon | Shiraz
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