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Willunga 100

Willunga 100 is a joint venture between winemaker Mike Farmilo and consultant Tim James in McLaren Vale. Whilst exploring the region they discovered some plots of 50 year-old Grenache vines. This was at a time when most Grenache was destined for blending, but they felt the provenance of these old vines deserved to be showcased, so they made them and the Grenache variety the focus of their work. Their vision was to make people take Grenache seriously and that is exactly what they have achieved. The first vintage was in 2005, taking their name from the historic “Hundred” of Willunga that was established in 1839, just three years after the settlement of South Australia. At that time 100 households were needed to occupy an area to qualify for a place on the map, and this was called a “Hundred”. Today Willunga 100 source much of their fruit from this historic area. They concentrate on two subregions of McLaren Vale. There are two vineyards in Blewitt Springs, which has has cooler temperatures affording a longer ripening season, harvesting two are three weeks later than the rest of the region, and this gives the grapes a greater depth of flavour. The 19 hectare Blind Spot Vineyard is planted on the ancient fine sandy loam soils the area is famous for, and has close to 8 hectares of old bush vine Grenache and also a plot of 80-year old Shiraz which go towards a limited release wine. The dry-grown Grenache bush vines in the Trott Vineyard were planted in 1952 on sandy soils over a clay and ironstone base at 210 metres above sea level. In the Clarendon region, nestled in the gullies on the Onkaparinga River, the Smart Vineyard has dry grown Grenache bush vines planted in 1923 on ancient loam soil over red-brown clay and bedrock at 220 metres above sea level. Their flagship wine is the powerful and concentrated Tithing Grenache, a limited release only made in the best vintages from small parcels of premium old bush vines from historic vineyard sites. The tree depicted on their bottles is a River Red Gum, which stands sentinel over their vineyards and was well over 100 years old when the first vines were planted in the 1840's. Willunga 100 are red wine and, in particular, Grenache specialists from which they produce a premium range of distinctive award-winning wines. These are exciting and vibrant, really unique wines which capture the essence of this historic region.