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Whistler Wines 'Double Back' Barossa Valley Grenache 2022

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An excellent example of lighter-bodied and fragrant grenache which is all the rage in Australia and for good reason. The winemaker is Michael J. Corbett, who has forged a name as one of the best producers of grenache in Australia. This shows plush fruit and a little more power than Corbett's own Vanguardist-label grenache while still being medium-bodied with his trademark elegance and finesse iwith the grape. The nose is aromatic and inviting, with lifted peppery fruit and an attractive floral character. The palate is medium bodied and pretty, with elegance and purity to the fruit. This was made in large oak botti casks, which enhance the texture of the wine without imparting oaky flavours, so the vibrancy of the fruit shines through, supported nicely by lovely rounded soft tannins. This has many subtle layers of flavour, with succulent red and black-fruit flavours leading through a layer of peppery spice to a note of lavender on the finish. Whistler is a small family winery which does a wonderful job of creating fresh, invigorating and delicious wines and this is a prime example of their house style.
Price: £19.50 Bottle
Price: £117.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: AU26641

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2027
  • 13.9% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

Whistler Wines

This small family-run property was founded in 1982 by third-generation grape grower and Penfolds’ former head vineyard manager Martin Pfeiffer. It was planted with cuttings of Kalimna 3C Shiraz clone from one of Penfolds’ famous Grange vineyards in 1994 and the first wines were released in 1997.

For four generation the Pfeiffer family have been growing grapes, from Albert Heinrich Pfeiffer in the Riverland region of South Australia to Sam Pfeiffer who took over from his parents Martin and Sally in 2020. It was Martin, who ran Penfold’s vineyards, who established Whistler by buying the Heysen estate in 1982 and, planting Kalimna 3C shiraz clone cuttings from Penfold’s world famous ‘Grange’ vineyards, along with semillon. 1997 saw the first wines and the 2000s saw a number of prestigious prizes come their way. The adoption of organic and biodynamic methods began in 2013 and in 2020, on the retirement of Martin and Sally, their son Sam has taken over the running of the business.

Winemaker Michael J. Corbett has excellent experience to bring to bear, having worked in 26 vintages across 13 regions in France, New Zealand, the US and Australia, with some prestigious names on his CV. Each wine is dependent on the hard work done in the vineyard and is vinified in its own way, sometimes with food treading, varying ferments and vessels, and with not fining or filtration of any wine. This small family winery is most definitely worth watching, or...

This small family-run property was founded in 1982 by third-generation grape grower and Penfolds’ former head vineyard manager Martin Pfeiffer. It was planted with cuttings of Kalimna 3C Shiraz clone from one of Penfolds’ famous Grange vineyards in 1994 and the first wines were released in 1997.

For four generation the Pfeiffer family have been growing grapes, from Albert Heinrich Pfeiffer in the Riverland region of South Australia to Sam Pfeiffer who took over from his parents Martin and Sally in 2020. It was Martin, who ran Penfold’s vineyards, who established Whistler by buying the Heysen estate in 1982 and, planting Kalimna 3C shiraz clone cuttings from Penfold’s world famous ‘Grange’ vineyards, along with semillon. 1997 saw the first wines and the 2000s saw a number of prestigious prizes come their way. The adoption of organic and biodynamic methods began in 2013 and in 2020, on the retirement of Martin and Sally, their son Sam has taken over the running of the business.

Winemaker Michael J. Corbett has excellent experience to bring to bear, having worked in 26 vintages across 13 regions in France, New Zealand, the US and Australia, with some prestigious names on his CV. Each wine is dependent on the hard work done in the vineyard and is vinified in its own way, sometimes with food treading, varying ferments and vessels, and with not fining or filtration of any wine. This small family winery is most definitely worth watching, or better still tasting.

Environmental sustainability
Taking over responsibility for the estate on his parents’ retirement, Sam Pfeiffer continued the organic and biodynamic practices used by his parents. In his words, ‘we haven’t used a herbicide or pesticide on our patch of dirt since 2013.’ The installation of a large solar panel system on top of their barrel storage shed allows them to create their own power and eventually they will be able to give power back to the grid. Water use is a hot topic in Australia and Whistler have recently decided to install rainwater storage capacity of close to 50,000 litres, which will make the winery self-sufficient, with no need to take water from the Murray River.

Social sustainability
Whistler stress that their operations are an important part of the local community. They also acknowledge the role of the traditional holders of the land: ‘We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.’

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