2020 Willunga 100 Tempranillo

McLaren Vale, SA

A generous and full-blooded expression of McLaren Vale Tempranillo.



A satisfying and savoury wine.

Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

About This Wine

McLaren Vale has proven itself to be a pretty good place to grow Southern Mediterranean grape varieties. From both a terroir and climactic perspective, there are lots of similarities.

This delish Tempranillo is an excellent case study, with pretty aromatics of red fruits and just a hint of spice. The palate is a little more generous and leans towards blue fruits with that same warm spice and an savoury earthy character.

Juicy acidity alongside fine-grained tannins, give this wine a good shape, and nice balance.

About Willunga 100

In 2005 when they founded Willunga 100, Grenache in McLaren Vale was mostly used for blending. But the people behind this label had a crystalline vision to showcase the variety, and how well suited it was in the region.

To that end, they found some 50 y/o dry grown bush-vines, and began the journey. These days, it’s clear how special McLaren Vale Grenache is.

And the name Willunga 100? It seems that during the settlement of SA, you needed 100 households to get a place on the map, hence Willunga 100.

Additional Info

From The Producer

Fruit was crushed and chilled to a stainless steel open fermenter for a 4 day cold soak then underwent a 100% wild fermentation. The wine was fermented to sugar dry on skins then basket pressed 3 days after alcoholic fermentation had finished when the structure of the wine felt balanced and complete.

Blend : Tempranillo (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Old-vine Grenache during verasion
Old-vine Grenache during verasion
Willunga, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Tempranillo is most often a bit ho-hum in Australia, though there are a few good ones. Cherry, cola, nuts, some aniseed. Saline, firm nut skin tannin, not a great deal 0f mid-palate here, with some chew and mixed red fruits on a slightly chunky finish of modest length. Needs a bit more stuffing, but nice enough." Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

" A drink defined by a carapace of detailed sandy tannins, as much by violet, anise and jubilant accents of blue fruits. To be churlish, the mid palate is a bit hollow. But a satisfying and savoury wine, all the same." Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"The colour is a very deep, dark red/purple, promising a full-bodied wine. The bouquet is plummy, the fruit doing most of the talking. The palate has a good intensity of fruit flavour, with quite persuasive tannins closing in on the finish and tightening the wine up. This would drink well with meat, or reward cellaring—but protein is in order." Huon Hooke (The Real Review)


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