Willunga 100 Cabernet / Shiraz 2006
Excellent depth of colour with a distinct purple hue. The Cabernet adds notes of cassis and mint, with blackberry and liquorice notes from the Shiraz. A touch of well integrated oak imparts a light vanilla and cedar sheen. Well-structured on the palate with fine tannins, and ripe fruit characters.
Willunga 100 is in the McLaren Vale region, south of Adelaide. The wines come from a range of vineyards, including some over 50 years old, which can produce a magnificent array of aromas and flavours. In the 100-year old winery, modern equipment is used alongside traditional winemaking techniques, including open-top fermenters. With over 100 years of winemaking experience, Willunga 100 produces unique and distinctive wines, which capture the essence of the region.
Sandy soils provide lifted aromatics, and darker soils including ‘Terra Rossa’ 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 cooling influence from the Gulf of St Vincent.
Parcels of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were harvested from a range of suitable blocks during March and April. Some cooler sites were used for Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance this part of the blend profile, while the ripe, juicy Shiraz adds tannin and spice. Individual vineyard blocks were fermented separately, using a range of different techniques for complexity. The wine was matured in French oak.
The 2006 vintage was characterised by lower crops, especially of the red grapes, but excellent quality levels. There was a heatwave in January and a little rain at harvest but the McLaren Vale fruit was particularly good.