Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Coming from a background as vignerons with an established business growing quality fruit in the Coonawarra region, we are fortunate to have many grape varieties available to us. Our vineyards cover over 80ha of the famed Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip, and are comprised of several clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
When we started Whistle Post Wines in 2011, we focused on making a small range of wine and making it well. Over the years as we and our brand have grown, our range has expanded to showcase the quality wines from the fruit that we produce. More recently we have been experimenting with small batch wine-making, giving us the opportunity to try new methods and styles of wine-making that would be too difficult to make in large quantities due to the time and effort involved.
Our small batch wine range started out with the 2017 Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is commonly grown in the Coonawarra region for a small amount of blending, as it is complimentary to Cabernet Sauvignon (Cabernet Franc is actually a parent variety to Cabernet Sauvignon). Following the success of this small batch wine, we wanted to push our wine making even further.
The Coonawarra climate is similar to Bordeaux in France, therefore varieties that grow well in Bordeaux also grow well in Coonawarra, the top varieties are Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A'Bordeaux Blend' wine is a typically a mix of these three varieties.
Field Blend wines differ from typical blends which are grown and vinified separately before being blended together. Field blends are picked, blended, then co-fermented to enhance the fusion of their unique varietal characters. The Whistle Post Field Blend has taken inspiration from the flavours of a Bordeaux Blend, and enhanced it with the Field Blend wine making style to create a wine which we believe is a unique take on this old classic.
New release 2019 Field Blend
Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz. This small batch is picked, blended, then co-fermented to enhance the fusion of these unique varietal characters.