The One Hundred is an incredibly rare ‘project wine’, with only 30 dozen produced for the UK market from a total production of just 100 cases. These wines are sold to a private client base in Australia, and are exclusive to Philglas & Swiggot in the UK.
South Australian shiraz had a cracking year in 2010, and nowhere more so than McLaren Vale. The vintage was characterized by its balanced consistency with no freak weather events, and a languid harvest that allowed wineries to pick at leisure as blocks slowly matured. The old-vine shiraz blocks that were selected for The One Hundred are on the foothills surrounding McLaren Vale so they have the benefit of altitude, and gully breezes that descend at night, keeping freshness and purity in the fruit. These ideal growing conditions produced a shiraz that has power, ripeness and long fine tannins, without being too heavy or bombastic.
Once again, the fruit selected for The One Hundred was primarily bought by Penfolds, for their 2010 St Henri (£75) and Bin 389 (£47) so the 2010 The One Hundred Shiraz offers outstanding value and is a wine to buy by the case before it very quickly disappears.