Whistler Skeleton in a Tutu Rose Barossa Valley 2019


Whistler Find Your Roots is a red field blend, 4 grapes are planted and picked together. Rich flavours, beautiful nose, so much going on here.

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Whistler Skeleton in a Tutu is a blend of 72% Grenache and 28% Mataro. It is the hard pressings from the Dry As A Bone Rosé. The pressings were kept separate and fermented in old French oak using only natural yeast. Nothing was added to this wine during the winemaking process and it is unfiltered too. Grenache is a great grape for making rosé it conveys so much flavour and colour without adding too much body. Strawberries, apple and a hint of confectionary. The palate has the bright Grenache lift while the Mataro adds some structure and savoury notes. Overall Whistler Skeleton in a Tutu is easy drinking and enjoyable.

Whistler (the English translation of family name Pfeiffer) has 15 ha of organic and biodynamic vines in Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley. New-gen upstart John is in charge of the family business after 5 years at Henschke then 2 at Two Hands. The wines John is making are quality but packaged with a tongue in cheek.

Barossa Valley

One of the major wine regions of Australia. Known for making great Shiraz by any standard as well as Grenache, Mataro, Semillon and much more. There has been a lot of work finding the sub-regions that excel for each style and variety planted.


Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this, the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long-term.

Mourvedre (Monastrell)

Also known as Mourvedre in France and Mataro in the new world. It is known for making a muscular, tannic, meaty, savoury wine. It is often the backbone of a blend but in places like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla it is the major if not only variety in the red wine. Aging can vary depending on winemaker influence.

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