Whistler Thank God It’S Friday Shiraz 2019

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WHSH201910 UCAU
  • 100% grown here on our Estate vineyards using organic and biodynamic practices
  • Ready to drink now or cellar for up to 10 years
  • 15% whole bunch
  • Single Bottle
    $28.00
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Editors notes

Vibrant purple colour. The wine has loads of blueberry and black pepper character on the nose. The whole bunch component gives a dried herb character to the wine, and adds freshness to the palate.

15% whole bunch, fermented using wild yeast in small open fermenters; This wine was foot stomped to allow gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannins. After 12 days on skins the wine was basket pressed and put to old French and American oak for 9 months. The wine was blended and bottled with no fining and no filtration. "100% grown here on our Estate vineyards using organic and biodynamic practices, this fruit comes from our younger vines, which were planted in 1997 and grow on loamy soils with broken quartz and ironstone scattered throughout." - Whistler Wines

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

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Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

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About the brand Whistler

"Grape growing has been part of the Pfeiffer family way of life for four generations, beginning with Josh & Sam’s great grandfather, Albert Heinrich Pfeiffer, who owned a vineyard in the Riverland region of South Australia. Albert would spend many hours in the vines with his son Hubert, working the vineyard in bare feet with his faithful Clydesdale, Bloss, before harvesting the grapes and selling them to local producers.

Hubert Irving Pfeiffer, grandfather to Josh & Sam, soon followed in his father’s footsteps moving his family to a vineyard in Loxton. Hubert enjoyed wandering through the vines with his son Martin, and training both the vines and his young pupil, just as his father before him.

More than 80 years on, Josh & Sam’s father, Martin continued the tradition at Whistler Wines by planting 5 hectares of Shiraz (Kalimna 3C, 1654 and BVRC30 clones) in 1994. At the time, Martin oversaw the viticulture program for the iconic Penfolds brand, including the now world famous Penfolds ‘Grange’ vineyards. After 28 years with Penfolds, Martin decided to go out on his own and in 1997, Martins brother, Chris joined the business and enabled further growth of the vineyard, planting another hectare of Shiraz (BVRC30 clone), 2 hectares of Merlot (D3V14 clone), 1.5 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon (D9V12 clone) and 1.5 hectares of Semillon (BVRC32 clone) . In 2001, a further 2 hectares of Grenache (BVRC139 clone), 2 hectares of Mataro (BVRC138) and a hectare of Riesling (BVRC31 clone) were planted to give us a total of 15 hectares on our Heysen Estate Vineyard.

Today Martin is showing his son’s Josh and Sam the art of grape growing, handing down the knowledge from the previous generations to ensure that the skills learned are not lost.

Going forward, our aim is to make our property as sustainable as possible, giving more back to the vineyard by improving soil health and limiting inputs in the winery to make our wines as natural as possible.

Our range of wines is continuing to evolve, as each vintage presents top performing varieties, so our range reflects those changes. The Next Generation Range is where a lot of these changes take place, with Josh having the freedom to express the best of each vintage without affecting our traditional Whistler products.

Josh and Sam’s passion for natural wine, organics and bio-dynamics will continue to evolve the style of Whistler Wines over the coming years, while still maintaing the style of wines that we have built our reputation on. Together, with their wives Ellen and Kelsey, Josh and Sam welcome you to go on the journey of a family tradition that’s been in their blood for 4 generations." - Whistler Wines

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