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Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz

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Willunga 100 must be the best value for money brand going around. Every vintage, pretty much all their wines score 94+ and not one of them sells for more than $30. All the fruit for this smashing 95 Point Cabernet Shiraz comes from the Azzolino vineyard on the dark, heavily clay rich soils on the outskirts of McLaren Vale. The wine displays Intense mulberry, plum and a hint of eucalyptus are in balance with the rich Shiraz characters. The palate is a smooth blend of the Cabernet tannins coupled with rich cherry and spice from the bolder Shiraz and a smooth lingering finish. French oak is in a supporting role to the tannins and fruit.

Winemaker's Notes

Given the quality and intense varietal character of the Cabernet from this vintage we found that our final blend was more Cabernet dominate than past years. Intense mulberry, plum and a hint of eucalyptus are in balance with the rich Shiraz characters. The palate is a smooth blend of the Cabernet tannins coupled with rich cherry and spice from the bolder Shiraz and a smooth lingering finish. French oak is in a supporting role to the tannins and fruit.

Variety: 54% Cabernet, 46% Shiraz

Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemakers: Tim James and Kate Day

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Willunga 100 Cabernet Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Plenty of beef on the bones. Dark, brooding blackcurrant and asphalt flavours with gum leaf in support. Iron chains of tannin, threaded through the fruit. Uncompromising style. Will be very long lived. Price is almost ridiculous.
2033
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright colour and bright personality, combining black and red fruits with a splash of sage and cedar; the palate is medium-bodied, sweet-fruited and ample, providing simple pleasure in spades, 14% alc.
2015
April/May
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Purple -crimson; no information on the percentage contribution of the two components; a potent licorice, iodine, black fruit bouquet, then a powerful full-bodied palate with savoury overtones to the black fruits. Could age with distinction.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Dark deep colour; unequivocally full-bodied, with blackberry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and licorice fruit matched by persistent savoury tannins that give texture and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Matt Skinner (2008 Vintage) says
Here Warren Randall's low yielding, old vine McLaren Vale Cabernet and Shiraz coupled with Nick Haselgrove's experience at the helm has produced a wine of epic proportions and not a whole lot of money. Right from the word go you'll find a deep, dark and multi-layered nose of cassis, blackberry, plum and eucalyptus, while in your mouth ifs dense, rich and fruit-driven, with bright acidity and balanced drying tannins providing the necessary framework. Take a couple of bottles to your next barbecue.
Matt Skinner's Wine Guide 2011
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Most of the best red wines ever made in Australia were from blends of grape varieties (usually cabernet and shiraz) - rather than from one variety alone. Exceptionally easy to like. Flavours of bay leaves and blackcurrant, blood plums and various dried spices. There's a sweetness to the flavours, but it's a dry style of wine. Gentle but well-managed tannin. Nice wine all around. Smooth.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Brilliant colour; medium- to full-bodied; has abundant black fruits in a positive palate with good drive and complexity; ripe tannins and good oak handling.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Most of the epic Cab Shiraz or Shiraz Cab wines in this book are noble, structured, thoughtful wines, built with an ‘architectural’ degree in intellectual winemaking rather than a sports degree in vanity body-building. Sometimes, though,we relax our strict palates and allow in a fleshier, flashier red to frolic with the serious lads. Willunga 100 is a huggable red with sweet, open, vibrant, punter-friendly flavours and this is a wine to be enjoyed fully when you are having a night off and you want to kick back and not have to be troubled with the complexities of life (and wine).We love it, and for the cost of a takeaway pizza you can have the perfect match for one as well.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
The nose is ripe and fruity and layered with spicy oak. Lots of oak on the well-structured palate, with choc mint and plum flavours and ripe tannins.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A blend of blackberry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and spice flavours braced by savoury tannins and echoes of pine needles; good balance and finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94

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