Featured Wines: T.G.I.F. and W.T.F?
At Avalon we like to be a little bit different. Who would have guessed?
We've just added two new wines to our growing offering, from one of our favourite Australian winemakers Whistler in South Australia's Barossa Valley. These two which are part of Whistler's Next Generation range are sure to get you excited.
2016 W.T.F? (What the Fronti)
Winemaker Josh Pfeiffer has sourced grapes from multiple sites across the Barossa Valley, and used multiple winemaking techniques, to create a white blend that is all about the aromatics and texture.
W.T.F? is designed to be consumed without too much thought going into what varieties make up the wine. It's bright and aromatic in the glass, with tons of florals and tropical fruits. The palate is fresh and juicy, but it finishes with some texture and creaminess. A wine with multiple layers.
Thank God It's Friday
T.G.I.F is a classic Barossa blend made from Shiraz and Cabernet grapes, using organic practices.
The wine was fermented using wild yeast in small open fermenters, and foot stomped to allow gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannins. After 10 days on skins the wine was basket pressed and put to old French and American oak for 18 months. The wine was blended and bottled with no fining and no filtration.
T.G.I.F has aromas of red fruits, cassis, fresh sage and freshly turned earth. The palate is light and fresh, bursting with fruit and finishing smooth with lingering tannins drawing the wine across the palate. This wine is a modern take on a traditional Barossa blend, and is perfect for any day, not just a Friday!
About Whistler Wines
Whistler Wines is located in the heart of South Australia's Barossa Valley at Marananga. This four-generation family vineyard has been producing premium, sustainable wines for more than 80 years.
Whister's grape varieties include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Grenache, Mataro and Riesling over a total of 15 hectares at their Heysen Estate vineyard.
At the winery, the team takes a natural and sustainable approach to winemaking, harvesting the fruit at optimum ripeness during the cool of the night, fermenting in traditional small open concrete fermenters before basket pressing. They prefer ageing in older, larger format barrels before bottling the wines with no fining and no filtration.
Whistler's Next Generation range is bold and experimental, and aims to express the best of each vintage, while still offering a range of more traditional wine varieties.