MCLAREN VALE – AUSTRALIA
Willunga 100 is named after the historic “Hundred”, the first 100 settlements of Willunga. In 1839, a regulation had been established, indicating that settlements in South Australia needed 100 households to be shown on maps.
Nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent, McLaren Vale is just 45 minutes south of Adelaide and known as the birthplace of South Australian wine. Today it has over 7,500 hectares under vine, 90% of which are red varieties. The Mediterranean climate in McLaren Vale is a big draw card, and the soils are among the oldest in the world estimated at over 500 million years. The resulting low vigor and old vines combine to produce low yields and stunning, concentrated fruit. Each sub-zone provides a unique diversity in flavor, which we aim to showcase in our various Grenache wines.
Willunga 100 has been a pioneer in unoaked, single vineyard Grenache in McLaren Vale for the last 15 years. Its Blewitt Springs Grenache won the ‘Best Grenache Trophy’ at the McLaren Vale Wine Show in 2015 and 2016. With cooler temperatures and moderating afternoon sea breezes, the grapes grown here enjoy a long and even ripening season. Vintage in Blewitt Springs is often two to three weeks later than the rest of the district, giving the fruit a few extra weeks to ripen with a greater depth of flavor