Whistling Kite Vineyards, based near Loxton in the Riverland of South Australia, has scooped up two trophies at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show on Saturday.
Their 2012 Montepulciano was awarded the trophy for the Best Italian Red Wine and the trophy for Best Organic Wine of the show.
“Being such a young wine producer we didn’t dream that we would win one trophy at this show, let alone two,” said Pam Barich, partner in the business. “We have always pulled out all stops to produce high quality fruit and since converting to biodynamic farming practises in 2006, we have seen a marked difference in the health of the vines and the structure of the resulting wines.”
“Tony and I established the Whistling Kite vineyard in 1976. In 2009 we decided to establish our own brand to follow the biodynamic principals through to the bottle and to utilize the small trial patches of alternative varieties that we’ve been growing over the years. It’s fabulous to see Riverland wines recognised in such a prestigious show. It topped off a very exciting week after having our 2012 Shiraz included in ‘The Adelaide Review Hot 100 South Australian Wines’, in Adelaide on Thursday evening. It is great to have our dedication and passion rewarded in such a way.”
The Whistling Kite portfolio includes standard varieties such as Shiraz and Chardonnay, but really shines with the alternative varieties Petit Manseng, Montepulciano and Petit Verdot. They are available through specialist outlets in Melbourne, with plans for expansion into Brisbane and Perth, as well as on-line at www.whistlingkitewines.com.au
The Riverland won swag of medals at the Show. Over 15 per cent of the gold medals were awarded to Riverland wines including a trophy to Bellwether for best rose. While Bellwether is based in the Coonawarra the grapes were grown by Ashley and Holly Ratcliff’s vineyard in Barmera.
These awards add to the many similar success stories of recent years including 919 Wines, Bassham Wines and Cirami Estates (RVIC), a clear illustration that the Riverland can produce Australia’s best quality wines.