The Tithing is Willunga’s flagship wine. It is only made in the best vintages from outstanding parcels of premium bush vine Grenache grapes. Willunga started with a commitment to making outstanding Grenache in McLaren Vale and the Tithing is the apogee of our work.
The terms “Hundred” and “Tithing” are derived from the Anglo-Saxon terms for units of government within a community. Just as the Tithing was the select part of the Hundred, our Tithing represents the small selection of the finest old bush vine Grenache.
A combination of sandy soils to provide lifted aromatics and darker soils including ‘Terra Rossa’ types contribute to the richer, bolder tannins.
Fruit is hand-picked to ensure exceptional quality. Open fermenters are used in conjunction with hot ferment temperatures and regular pump-overs and plunging to ensure optimum extraction at the beginning of ferment; this regime is lessened towards the end of ferment to maintain the delicate aromatics of the Grenache grape. Timely pressing, only using the best press fractions ensured good quality of flavour and the favourable drying, sandy tannin structure. The wine is matured in older French oak Hogs Heads for about 9 months, to add complexity and mid palate richness but not to dominate the varietal characters. The wine is bottled under screwcap to maintain freshness and ensure longevity.
Concentrated dark cherry aromas with powerful savoury overtones. This `old vine` Grenache from McLaren Vale has ripe, persistent tannins and a long fruit driven palate
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