Willunga The Hundred Cabernet/Shiraz 2016

Willunga The Hundred Cabernet/Shiraz 2016

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz 

75cl * 14% ABV * McLaren Vale, Australia

Willunga 100 is in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide. 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 fruit for this wine was sourced from multiple sites across McLaren Vale, largely in the Tatachilla and Whites Valley sub-regions. The vineyards in Tatachilla are single cordon, trellis-trained vines planted on loamy soils over limestone. This area experiences cooling sea breezes which moderate the summer temperatures. The Whites Valley vineyards are also trellised single cordon vines and soil types are generally alluvial clay, sand and gravel. Most of the vines used in the production of this wine are over 80 years old.

This is all culminates in a wine with intense aromatics of dark cherry and cedar that are complemented by tobacco and bay leaf notes. On the palate, there are flavours of rich blackcurrant and toasty oak. The fine tannin structure gives this wine a savoury finish.