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Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz 2015

Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz 2015
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Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz 2015

The grapes for the Willunga wines come from a range of selected vineyards in McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, including some over 50 years old. Wines were made by Steve Pannell and Kate Day up to 2010 and now by Tim James and Kate Day. They use modern equipment alongside traditional winemaking techniques, including open-top fermenters, to ferment the small parcels of fruit arriving at the winery. Willunga 100 aims to produce unique and distinctive wines which capture the essence of the region.


Sandy soils provide lifted aromatics, and darker soils including ‘Terra Rossa’ types contribute to rich, bold tannins. All the vineyards are managed to produce the highest quality possible with only the best parcels selected for Willunga 100. McLaren Vale has a warm Mediterranean climate with a strong cooling influence from the Gulf of St Vincent.


Parcels of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were harvested from a range of suitable blocks during March and April. Some cooler sites were used for Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance this part of the blend profile, while the ripe, juicy Shiraz adds tannin and spice. Individual vineyard blocks were fermented separately, using a range of different techniques for complexity. Only the best press fractions are used to ensure good quality of flavour. The wine was matured in French and American oak barrels for about 11-14 months.

Tasting Notes

Lively and attractive with lashings of wild strawberries, cassis and aromatic spices, with a savoury edge on the palate. The tannins are soft yet linger. Thoughtful use of oak integrates nicely with the rich berry and spice spectrum.


Spring and early summer in 2015 were quite warm and very dry. Crucially, the majority of January and early February were abnormally cool, which allowed the fruit character to develop steadily. The usual hot and very dry weather followed straight after. As a result, the vintage kicked off a week earlier than normal and was extremely fast and furious. While yields were reduced, the reds showed excellent fruit, colour and tannin. The final result was precise, fresh and vibrant red wines.





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