Two Grenaches from Willunga 100, McLaren Vale, Australia

A pair of warm-hearted but still fresh wines for Australia Day

Willunga 100 Grenache 2013, McLaren Vale, Australia (£11.99 Liberty Wines, Ake & Humphris, AP Harvey Wines, The Beerhive, Buon Vino, The Cellar Buntingford, Corks of Cotham, Denby Dale Wines, Divine Fine Wines, Drinkmonger, Field & Fawcett, The Fine Wine Company, Grape & Grind, Gwin Llyn Wines, Latitude Wine, Lockett Bros, Loki Wine Merchant, Luvians Bottle Shop, Mill Hill Wines, Peckham’s, Raisin Fine Wines, The Wine Shop Grassington)
Soft, gentle, spicy and just the right side of jammy, doesn’t have any sign of the eucalypt-y edge that mars a few SA Grenaches. Instead, it’s fresh and buoyant, with a spring in its step, and an earthy note to the fresh raspberry, blackberry and apple flavours. Still young, so give it a slosh round a jug to loosen it up before serving. B+

Willunga 100 ‘The Hundred’ Grenache 2013, McLaren Vale, Australia (£17.99 Liberty Wines, Barrica Wines, Exel Wines, The Fine Wine Company, Henderson Wines, Prohibition Wines, Ozwines)
Takes the gentle spicy freshness of the above and, rather than making the same flavours louder, adds in floral elements, plus what seems to me an iron-like tinge from the soil. Again, all the better for decanting and giving it time to calm down. S(-)

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