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Whistler Wines 'Shiver' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
- Red Wine
- Now to 2028
- 13.7% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
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.
Deep purplish crimson. Very obviously varietal with black pepper and spice on the nose. Then sweet fruit and lots of charm, ending with a twist of acidity. A welcome, accessible version of Barossa Shiraz...Deep purplish crimson. Very obviously varietal with black pepper and spice on the nose. Then sweet fruit and lots of charm, ending with a twist of acidity. A welcome, accessible version of Barossa Shiraz with no excess acid or tannin.