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96 points for 2013 ‘The Tithing’ Grenache

The current Willunga 100 range has recently been reviewed by Patrick Eckel of

Patrick was blown away by the consistency and value of the whole range, awarding 96 points for recently released 2013 ‘The Tithing’ Grenache.

This follows the fantastic results from last year’s regional shows and recent awards from the International Wine Challenge. Below are Patrick’s reviews for the range, along with a round up of the awards for each wine.


The Tithing792012013 Willunga 100 ‘The Tithing’ Grenache

96 points

The Tithing represents the pinnacle of Grenache in the Willunga 100 lineup, and given they are known for Grenache expectations are high. Expectations were not only met but exceeded with the Tithing one of the most complete and enjoyable Grenaches I’ve had from McLaren Vale.

A deep red in the glass with lighter hues towards the rim, the nose gives dark cherry, lifted baking spice and some savoury nuances. The palate has a delicious core of earthen dark cherry and grows in terms of fruit concentration, fine tannins fill every corner of the mouth and quality oak gives touches of richness and spice that are wonderfully integrated. The wine finishes with drying plum and dark cherry.


The Hundred792012014 Willunga 100 ‘The Hundred’ Grenache

93 points

The Hundred is produced based on select parcels of fruit from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale, the wine is un-oaked and shows how interesting and complex the unadorned version of the Grenache grape can be.

The nose starts with an ever so slight reductive note that blows off in seconds, strawberry and raspberry with pristine clarity sit on a backdrop of sweet stem and deli meats.

The palate gives flashes of juicy strawberry and a suggestion of sage and oregano. The tannins are soft and supple, with time on lees giving a complete and complex mouth feel. The wine finishes with fruit sweetness and will reward a few years in the cellar to show its more savoury side.

McLaren Vale Wine Show 2015: Trophy – Grenache


Grenache792012014 Willunga 100 Grenache

93 points

A winery that is known for their Grenache, and it’s not hard to see why when they produce an entry level wine at $22 as good as this.

Wild strawberry and dusty raspberry fruit on the nose, the palate is fruit forward initially with juicy raspberry fruit and sweet spice, but don’t be fooled, there is a lot more to this wine than generous fruit. The tannins are fine and framing, giving a sappy aspect that works well with the fuller red fruits and gentle baking spices. It is the slight earthiness on the finish that i enjoy most about the wine, it is this textural counterpoint that takes this wine to a level well above its price point.

Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2015: Gold Medal

International Wine Challenge 2016: Silver Medal


Willunga 100 Shiraz Viognier_NV2014 Willunga 100 Shiraz Viognier

93 points

There was an addition of 5% Viognier that went into the blend, giving an ever so subtle richness to a satisfyingly brooding and mineral example of McLaren Vale Shiraz.

The wine is a deep red in colour with purple hues towards the rim, the nose gives aromatic plum and dark cherry with a suggestion of earth, the palate has structure and drive well beyond its price point, dark berry fruits with top notes of plum and blackberry move seamlessly across the palate with drying tannins and raw cocoa giving great mouthfeel. The wine finishes with drying plum and general savoury flare.

Adelaide Wine Show 2015: Top Gold Medal


Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz2014 Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz

93 points

Yet another great value wine in the current release lineup from Willunga 100, this is very much a Cabernet dominant rendition of the Cabernet and Shiraz blend that is uniquely Australian.

A classical Cabernet nose with cassis, mint and a touch of chocolate. The palate has bright blackberry and cedar on entry with spicy french oak giving a counterpoint to the earthen leathery aspect to finish.

McLaren Vale Wine Show: Trophy – Best McLaren Vale Cabernet Blend


Willunga 100 scoops two awards at the Wine Wise Small Vigneron Awards 2015

We are thrilled that two of our wines were awarded top accolades at the Small Vigneron Awards 2015, by Winewise magazine.

The 2014 McLaren Vale Grenache won a Gold Medal, while the 2014 McLaren Vale Tempranillo was awarded the Tempranillo trophy – the top award for this category.

The Winewise Small Vigneron Awards is limited to Australian producers crushing 250 tonnes or less, drawing about 1,300 entries. All wines are judged blind.


Fabulous Ladies Wine Club YouTube Review – Grenache and Grenache Rose

As part of their September Grenache Awareness Month, the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society reviewed our Grenache and Grenache Rose.

Check it out on YouTube


Willunga 100 Grenache

2011 Willunga 100 Grenache rated 94 points – 2015 James Halliday Wine Companion

Bright, clear red; while little more than light-bodied, and not entirely typical of McLaren Vale grenache, has precision and focus to its red berry/raspberry fruit, backed by fine-grained tannins.

Willunga 100 ‘The Hundred’ Grenache 2013 rated 17.5 points in Decanter Magazine (Sept 2014 issue)

A project funded 10 years ago by three industry experts who found a dearth of good-value, quality Aussie wines. This is their flagship, showing lots of vibrant red fruit and floral characters. Power with elegance and freshness with fine tannins and cherry spice on finish.

Christine Austin, Yorkshire Post, 15th December 2013

Willunga 100 Grenache 2010

A real rollercoaster of a wine, packed with black cherries, herbs and strawberry fruit and just a lick of vanilla.

John Wilson, The Irish Times, 26th October 2013

Willunga 100 Grenache 2011

Full-bodied, strawberries and spice. A perfect winter warmer.

95 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Grenache 2010

95 Points

“Bright deep crimson; dark and exotic on the bouquet, with liqueur soaked plums, clove and sage; the palate is warm and inviting, direct and expansive, showing the true class of Grenache in McLaren Vale; moreover, the quality of the vintage shines through.”

Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (online), July 2013

Willunga 100 Grenache 2010

“Sleek, juicy and light-footed, offering strawberry and spice flavours that linger pleasantly.”

Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines 2013

Willunga 100 Tempranillo 2012, Willunga 100 Grenache 2010, Willunga 100 Viognier 2012

“This crunchy, vivacious Tempranillo has typically lusty raspberry and redcurrant fruit and a mule’s  kick  of  acidity on the finish and I love it. So often, Aussie Tempranillo is trying  to be something it’s not. There is no point setting out to make Vega Sicilia from young vines and Willunga 100 knows this.  What they cleverly do is go for the summer pudding array of flavours and add to them spice without woodwork. This is clever and it’s a lesson for all of the other numpties who continue to make sawdusty, stewed, mean wines with silly alcohol levels and insane extraction!  In order to prove that  Willunga 100 is not a one trick pony, the 2010 Grenache and 2012 Viognier, which are just hitting the shelves now, are two brilliantly judged wines.  The Grenache is bright and cheery with green herb and rolling tobacco allure augmenting its strawberry juice theme and the Viognier is taut and athletic with none of the wobbly bits or heady alcohol of so many of the competition’s gopping wines.”