Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz 2014


MJ 100 BEST 2016
  • Bronze - Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
  • Best McLaren Vale Cabernet Blend - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2015


    Intense mulberry, plum and a hint of eucalyptus are in balance with the rich Shiraz characters. The palate is a smooth blend of the Cabernet tannins coupled with rich cherry and spice from the bolder Shiraz and a smooth lingering finish. 

    The Cabernet and a portion of the Shiraz comes from the Azzolino vineyard, where the vines are an average of 30 years old and grown on heavier, dark ‘Terra Rossa‘ soils, giving the wine rich, bold tannins. The remaining Shiraz comes from the Hillside vineyard which is located in the Sellicks Hill sub region and is generally one of the first Shiraz vineyards to ripen in the district. Only the best parcels are selected for Willunga 100. The climate of McLaren Vale is often compared to that of the Mediterranean, with warm sunny days and 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. 

    Despite a few heat events and a lack of rain in January, McLaren Vale ended up having a gentle ripening period and near perfect conditions for flavour development. Welcome rain and moderated temperatures in February freshened up the vines and allowed the grapes to ripen in a steady pattern.

    Parcels of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were harvested during March and April. Each parcel was fermented separately in a combination of open top fermenters and stainless steel tanks. Warm to hot ferment temperatures, combined with regular pump-overs and plunging, ensured optimum extraction, whilst maintaining fruit purity. Timely pressing ensured good quality of flavour. A portion of this blend was matured in a combination of new and older French oak for 9-18 months and the remainder was left in stainless steel to maintain freshness.

    14.5% abv
    Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz 2014
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