Willunga 100 is in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide. The grapes come from a range of selected vineyards in McLaren Vale, including some over 80 years old. Winemaker Mike Farmilo joined the team as head winemaker in 2013 and is supported by Tim James. Together they aim to produce unique and distinctive wines which capture the essence of the region. They use modern equipment alongside traditional winemaking techniques to ferment the small parcels of fruit arriving at the winery. The term "hundred" originates from late Saxon and Norman England and refers to an administrative unit of government, meaning that 100+ households had to live in the area to qualify for its place on the map. Willunga 100 select their fruit from small parcels just as the district was divided up into '100s', or small lots.
Comprised of old bush vines (60 years+), the vineyard benefits from McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean-like climate of warm sunny days and sea breeze influences (from the nearby Gulf St Vincent). These warm days together with the cool maritime evenings are perfect for ripening the grapes while maintaining a crisp, clean structure.
Hot and dry growing conditions from December through to February saw early ripening across all varieties. The summer was hot, but the cool night time temperatures ensured the grapes were in excellent condition with good acidity levels when harvesting took place in early March.
The hand-picked fruit was destemmed into a fermenter to drain for 3-4 hours, care was taken to minimise excessive colour extraction to keep the wine as pale as possible. The juice was settled, racked and then fermented using a more neutral yeast strain. Post fermentation, the wine was lightly fined, filtered and bottled as soon as possible to maintain the delicate aromatics and crisp acidity.
This Rosé is light pale pink in colour, with intense aromas of strawberries, cherries and subtle floral rose petal notes. On the palate, a lovely savoury tannin profile coupled with crisp drying acidity gives the wine great length.
SILVER - Sommelier Wine Awards 2019