Willunga 100 The Tithing Grenache 2010

£16.99

  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2012
  • Trophy - Australian Boutique Wine Awards 2012

Sydney Morning Herald

22nd November, 2011

Huon Hooke MW, 92 points

Top Aussie Red

Excellent deep colour introduces a rich and complex wine with mixed spice and dark fruit aromas and a savoury whiff from barrel ageing. Rich, full bodied and smooth, it has density and concentration, balance and length. A serious Grenache.

TASTING NOTE

2010 was one of the best Grenache vintages McLaren Vale has seen, producing a concentrated, rich, complex wine. Intense cherry, strawberry lift with powerful savoury overtones put this ‘old vine‘ Grenache at the serious quality end of the spectrum. Ripe, persistent tannins and a long fruit driven palate add to the intensity.

 

The Tithing is made only in the best vintages, from small parcels of premium bush vine grapes. “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, the Tithing represents a selection of the finest old bush vine Grenache. Sandy soils provide lifted aromatics, while darker soils including ‘Terra Rossa’ types contribute to the richer, bolder tannins. The mediterranean climate of the McLaren Vale has warm sunny days with sea breeze influences from the nearby Gulf of St Vincent - perfect for ripening the grapes whilst maintaining a crisp, clean acid structure.

The winter of 2009 saw a return to near average rainfall levels and subsequently a reasonable level of soil moisture present during the period of vine growth in the region. This followed a period of severe drought conditions and some weeks of record heat levels over the previous two seasons. The weather during vintage 2010 was very kind, and overall it was a short, quick and very successful year.

Hand-picked fruit was open fermented at high temperatures with regular pump-overs and plunging to ensure optimum early extraction. This regime was lessened toward the end of the ferment to maintain the delicate aromatics of the Grenache. Timely pressing, only using the best fractions ensured good quality of flavour and the favourable drying, sandy tannin structure. The wine was matured in old French oak Hogsheads for nine months to add complexity and mid palate richness.

14.5% abv

Willunga 100 The Tithing Grenache 2010
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