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Willunga 100 The Tithing Grenache 2009 (1x 75cl)
Willunga 100 is in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide. The grapes 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 Tithing from Willunga 100 is made only in the best vintages, from small parcels of premium bush vine grapes. "Hundred" and "Tithing" are derived from the Anglo-Saxon terms for units of government within a community. Just as the Tithing was the select part of the Hundred, our Tithing represents the small selection of the finest old bush vine Grenache, that is hand-picked to ensure exceptional quality. A combination of Sandy soils to provide lifted aromatics and darker soils including 'Terra Rossa' types contribute to the richer, bolder tannins. The climate of McLaren Vale is often compared to that of the Mediterranean, warm sunny days, with sea breeze influences from the nearby Gulf of 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.
Fruit is hand-picked to ensure exceptional quality. Open fermenters are used in conjunction with hot ferment temperatures and regular pump-overs and plunging to ensure optimum extraction at the beginning of ferment; this regime is lessened towards the end of ferment to maintain the delicate aromatics of the Grenache grape. Timely pressing, only using the best press fractions ensured good quality of flavour and the favourable drying, sandy tannin structure. The wine is matured in older French oak Hogs Heads for about 9 months, to add complexity and mid palate richness but not to dominate the varietal characters. The wine is bottled under screwcap to maintain freshness and ensure longevity.
This 'old vine' Grenache has concentrated dark cherry aromas with powerful savoury overtones. It has a long fruit-driven palate with ripe, persistent tannins.
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