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Willunga 100 - The Tithing Grenache 2016

Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
Price: £21.95
Case Rate: £21.95
Ex Tax: £18.29
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: McLaren Vale
Wine Maker: Tim James and Kate Day
Grape: Grenache/Garnacha
Grape Percentage: 100% Grenache
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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92 pts  Vinous/Antonio Galloni
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: McLaren Vale
Wine Maker: Tim James and Kate Day
Grape: Grenache/Garnacha
Grape Percentage: 100% Grenache
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

The Tithing is Willunga’s flagship wine. It is only made in the best vintages from outstanding parcels of premium bush vine Grenache grapes. Willunga started with a commitment to making outstanding Grenache in McLaren Vale and the Tithing is the apogee of our work. The terms “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. Concentrated dark cherry aromas with powerful savoury overtones. This `old vine` Grenache from McLaren Vale has ripe, persistent tannins and a long fruit driven palate.

Winery information

Willunga 100

Willunga 100 is from McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide and aims to produce unique and distinctive wines which capture the essence of the region. The grapes come from a range of selected vineyards in McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills (for the whites), including some over 50 years old. After only its first vintage in 2005, wine journalist and judge James Halliday gave the winery a Five Star rating in the 2008 Guide, and named it as one of his ?Top Ten newcomers?. This vindicated the original aim of Willunga 100, which was to inject some quality and excitement back into Australian wine at this price. New vintages will be made by winemaker Tim James (ex Hardy?s and Wirra Wirra and a regular on the wine judging circuit) and continue to build on the quality of the range.

www.willunga100.com

Expert reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2010) - 92 pts

Vivid ruby. Intense mineral- and spice-accented aromas of candied red fruits, floral pastilles and exotic blood orange. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering powerful raspberry and cola flavors sweetened by a touch of vanilla. Shows outstanding depth and focus on the penetrating finish, with velvety, harmonious tannins coming in late.-- Josh Raynolds


JancisRobinson.com (2009) - 16 pts

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 hogsheads for about nine months. Sweet and round and flattering. Enough freshness. Just. But no confusion with Châteauneuf! Thicker, denser, drier. More mineral.


JancisRobinson.com (2010) - 16.5 pts

Tasted Sept '13 - Interesting, esoteric flavours alongside the red fruit - some vegetal character, plenty of floral notes. Gets some interesting expressiveness from the variety. Very succulent and pleasing. (RH)


James Suckling (2013) - 94 pts

February , 2016. A smaller batch of old vine grenache that has a more profound, savory style to it, smells of earth-crusted dried red cherries, mellow woody spices and a hint of pomegranate. Unfurls with air so give it plenty of decanter time. The palate has a core of blue fruit flavor, there's a sense of finesse and elegance here, tannins are long and gently weathered, super wine. Really profound. Drink now or for up to 10 years.


James Halliday (2010) - 94 pts

Medium red-purple; typical McLaren Vale grenache, with more colour, more flavour and more structure than those from the Barossa or Clare valleys; there is a sweetness to the red and black fruits (in no way linked to sugar) that seduces the palate, even though oak and tannins are both in play.


James Halliday (2010) - 94 pts

Medium red-purple; typical McLaren Vale grenache, with more colour, more flavour and more structure than those from the Barossa or Clare valleys; there is a sweetness to the red and black fruits (in no way linked to sugar) that seduces the palate, even though oak and tannins are both in play.


Miscellaneous (2009)

Sarah Ahmed, the winedetective.co.uk - "Though it shares the turkish delight aroma and waxy layers of the junior wine, The Tithing offers more savoury depth and spice. In the mouth it’s soft and fleshy, more plum than berry and cherry. I’d like to see a little more length given this weighs in at around £20."


Miscellaneous (2010) - 93 stars

Andrew Graham, ozwinereview - "It's so great to see Grenache on the up lately. Maybe that's just my own perception, but still, things are looking more Grenache-y everyday.This McLaren Vale Grenache is another goodun'. The flagship for Willunga 100, it comes off the old bush vines of the Yeenunga Vineyard at Seaview. Oak is mainly old, though with a little of new oak as part of the mix.Ruby with just a hint of orange, the extra edge of bottle age has undoubtedly helped make this more complex, the redcurrant fruit receding a little but supplanted with charcoal and game meats. There's a great Grenache tang here, and even though it's just a bit warm and a little dried fruity around the edges, there is a real sense of 'rightness' (right spot, right vines, right wine) about it, with that cranberry and baked earth Vale Grenache seems unencumbered by oak or excess extract. "


Miscellaneous (2010) - 94 stars

Nicks.com.au - "Deep dark red black colour with a dark red hue. The nose provides aromas of black raspberry and liquorice followed by some meatiness, light incense and spice. Rich and supplely textured the palate features ripe black raspberry flavours followed by some liquorice, meatiness and spice. Slightly dryish finish with velvet like tannins. Long aftertaste of black raspberries, liquorice and spicy dried meats."

Vinification notes

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.