Whistler Shiver Down My Spine Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

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(RRP $35.00)

Case: 6 bottles

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Bursting with blackcurrant and blueberries, this wine shows the typical characters found in the Western side of the Barossa- chocolate/mocha and black pepper, but with a surprising freshness to the wine. Frankincense and blackberries jump out of the glass, along with a slight leafiness, which comes from the whole bunch component in the wine. Soft and juicy on the palate, but with a backbone of tannin from the whole bunches that draws the wine across the palate giving it length and precision.

  • Our Purple Hands crew transferred the fruit by hand or by pitchfork into half-tonne picking bins, then foot stomped the fruit to burst the berries and encourage the natural fermentation to commence. 20% of this wine was fermented as whole bunch in this way, with the balance fermented on skins for 10 days in old concrete fermenters. Basket pressed to a 3,000L French oak foudre for 16 months, then bottled with no fining and no filtration.

    Vintage: 2016
    Varietal: Shiraz
    Appellation: Barossa Valley, SA
    Alcohol: 14%

  • 94 Points - James Halliday
    Vines 20-23yo, various clones, 80% Selectiv'-harvested, 20% hand-picked by mailing list customers, wild-fermented with 20% whole bunches in old open concrete fermenters, matured in used French oak for 16 months before blending. You have to grin at Josh Pfeiffer's cunning - he ends up with a seriously good wine, club members delighted to give their labour free in providing the 20% whole bunch component, and then have the opportunity to buy the succulent and rich wine.