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Willunga 100 Grenache 2016

Special Price $19.00 Regular Price $25.00
Raspberries, spice and a waft of cherry and pepper here. The wine is medium-bodied and absolutely lip-smacking with plenty of red fruits and savoury bits too. Acid lifts the fruit and pulls it forward, counterbalancing the fruit sweetness beautifully.
Willunga 100 Grenache
Wine Specs
Region
McLaren Vale, SA
Vintage
2016
Winery
Willunga 100
Winemaker
Mike Farmilo
Bling
91pts James Halliday
Alcohol %
14.5
Size
750 mL
That Willunga 100 makes consistently exceptional wines is little surprise when you consider the lineup of winemakers who have been at the helm. From 2005 to 2009, Stephen Pannell, recognised as one of Australia’s finest winemakers, was chief winemaker.  He was succeeded by Tim James in 2010, who in various past lives has been a managing director of Wirra Wirra a winemaker/production director for Hardy’s and director of the Australian Wine research Institute. Since 2013 the winemaking team has been headed by Mike Farmilo, a former maker of Penfolds Grange, St Henri and Bin 707 and twice winner of the Jimmy Watson Trophy. Mike has been making wine in McLaren Vale for over 30 years and is a legend of the industry.
McLaren Vale, SA

Region

McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowne ...
Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling. The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill ... Read Full Article
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Grenache - the oldest new world wine ever!

Variety

Grenache - the oldest new world wine ever!

You gotta love the classics - a true classic will be a true classic forever! It will ride ...
You gotta love the classics - a true classic will be a true classic forever! It will ride the waves of trends and bide it’s time until the next generation discovers it in their Mum and Dad's record collection or cellar - who then go on to painfully tell their parents how they discovered it and how cool it is.   Those who have been enjoying Spanish wines or Rhone blends for years will already know of the classic varietal I’m taking the long road around to. It, like so many classics, has been rediscovered over the last little while and is enjoying a resurgence in popularity that is seeing it bust out from cult hero status at the loca ... Read Full Article
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Mike Farmilo

Winemaker

Mike Farmilo

Mike Farmilo is a former maker of Penfolds Grange, St Henri and Bin 707 and twice winner o ...
Mike Farmilo is a former maker of Penfolds Grange, St Henri and Bin 707 and twice winner of the Jimmy Watson Trophy. He has been making wine in McLaren Vale for over 30 years and is a legend of the industry... A truncated bio for Mike reads as follows: Completed winemaking at Roseworthy in 1977 Seaview winemaker in the 80s Worked for Angoves in the late 70s - including winning a trophy with a Riverland Riesling in 81 In the late 80s Mike became Group Red winemaker for Penfolds/Southcorp – responsible for all Penfolds red wines including Grange and St Henri, Lindeman’s wines, Seppelt’s, Wynns and Leo Buring During his t ... Read Full Article
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Willunga 100

Winery

Willunga 100

Region: McLaren ValeProprieter: John RatcliffeEstablished: 2005Address:Kangarilla RoadMcLa ...
Region: McLaren ValeProprieter: John RatcliffeEstablished: 2005Address:Kangarilla RoadMcLaren ValeSouth Australia, 5171 A mixture of old and ancient vineyards have been used across a range of ‘terriors’ in the district. Sandy soils provide lifted aromatics, and darker soils including ‘Terra Rosa’ 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 influence from the gulf of St Vincent – giving cool maritime evenings perfect for ripening grapes. Read Full Article
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Mike Farmilo
Mike Farmilo

Mike Farmilo is a former maker of Penfolds Grange, St Henri and Bin 707 and twice winner of the Jimmy Watson Trophy. He has been making wine in McLaren Vale for over 30 years and is a legend of the industry...

A truncated bio for Mike reads as follows:
  • Completed winemaking at Roseworthy in 1977
  • Seaview winemaker in the 80s
  • Worked for Angoves in the late 70s - including winning a trophy with a Riverland Riesling in 81
  • In the late 80s Mike became Group Red winemaker for Penfolds/Southcorp – responsible for all Penfolds red wines including Grange and St Henri, Lindeman’s wines, Seppelt’s, Wynns and Leo Buring
  • During his tenure with Penfolds/Southcorp Mike won at least one trophy at every capital city wine show every year and twice won the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy
  • In the midst of all this Mike has also completed vintages in
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A Quick Chat with Mike Farmilo & Nathan Hughes of Willunga 100
A Quick Chat with Mike Farmilo & Nathan Hughes of Willunga 100

To celebrate International Grenache Day this year we opted to hold a bit of a Masterclass on what is quite possibly our favourite variety. We invited a few of our regulars along and figured we may as well get old mate, winemaker extraordinaire, Mike Farmilo (ex-Grange winemaker and 2 x Jimmy Watson winner) along to walk us through a few vintages of Willunga 100 Grenache in its various guises: their 'regular' Grenache - sour cherries,raspberries, savouriness and persistent length (in fact, I'm enjoying one right now as I type); their 'The Hundred' Grenache - completely unoaked, allowing the grape's natural sweetness and spice to shine through; and their 'The Tithing' Grenache - a premium offering which is lush and velvety. While we were setting up we had a quick chat to both Mike and Willunga 100's Sales Marketing Manager and all-round good fella, Nathan Hughes.

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Good Treason to Drink...
Good Treason to Drink...

If only Ragnar, Floki and Rollo from Vikings could sit down around the fire, discuss their differences and share a horn full of Willunga 100 Grenache. Grenache you say? Would a potentially sweet, confected type of wine be suitable for the manliest of men? This isn’t your typical Grenache as it exists on more of a savoury, earthy, spicy realm. You can taste the bolder, blacker fruits in this fuller style and the spice and tobacco will smack you on the nose. Willunga 100 have taken parcels from a variety of vineyards in McLaren Vale to get a Grenache that is ready to be appreciated and drunk now. Bjorn Ironside would venture into the wilderness, slay a bear and celebrate with a horn full or two.

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Grenache - the oldest new world wine ever!
Grenache - the oldest new world wine ever!

You gotta love the classics - a true classic will be a true classic forever! It will ride the waves of trends and bide it’s time until the next generation discovers it in their Mum and Dad's record collection or cellar - who then go on to painfully tell their parents how they discovered it and how cool it is.

  Those who have been enjoying Spanish wines or Rhone blends for years will already know of the classic varietal I’m taking the long road around to. It, like so many classics, has been rediscovered over the last little while and is enjoying a resurgence in popularity that is seeing it bust out from cult hero status at the local pub open-mic night to front and centre in stadiums, thrusting and twerking on its own headline tour. The humble varietal Garnacha or Grenache as we know it.
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Low & Slow Sri Lankan Curry
Low & Slow Sri Lankan Curry

Many times in history someone will take an idea and tweak it, sometimes for the better - cue: Boy and Bear's haunting version of Fall at Your Feet or Quiet Riot's Come on Feel the Noise. Unfortunately history also records that with the good comes the tragic - cue: Olivia Newton John's take on Ring of Fire or (and I can't believe this one didn't work) Bill Cosby's daring rendition of Sgt Peppers.  It's with this in mind I put myself to the sword. For this weeks low and slow I have tweaked a recipe by Peter Kuruvita. Or rather have left out ingredients I just couldn't find! Much to my surprise it works and trust me is a lot more Sonic Youth covering Karen Carpenter's Superstar than it is Celine Dion hacking up AC/DC's classic You Shook Me All Night Long! As always, enjoy with great vino and people you love. 1 bottle of 2010 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Shiraz Viognier Mourvedre for drinking whilst cooking 1 bottle of 2012 Lino Ramble ‘Treadlie’

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