Half way between towns of Kingston-on-Murray and Loxton is a settlement called New Residence. The area now known as Barich family vineyards was settled by the Freundt Family in 1907.
Tony and Pam’s wine making journey started after they were asked to join the Riverland Alternative Wine Group in 2009, which inspired them to follow biodynamic wine principles. Their first vintage in 2010 delivered an exceptional Shiraz and Chardonnay, which was made with the assistance of locally renowned winemaker Eric Semmler.
With each wine exhibiting amazing flavour and complexity, Pam and Tony encouraged Eric to create a Petit Verdot using wild fermentation. Traditional biodynamic wine making practice, relies on a yeast culture that is gained from the vineyard.
Today, they produce a range of quality biodynamic and organic wines whilst embracing traditional growing and wine making principles
Whistling Kite Biodynamic Wines are made with care, attention, hand picked and basket pressed and are the culmination of almost two decades of organic, sustainable farming practices.
With Biodynamics a greater hands on approach is required, with many of the preparations and teas being made on site and used as nutrient supplements to enhance growth. The concept of true sustainability is nurtured and is part of the broader picture to market ourselves as custodians of the soil, endeavoring to leave the vineyard a better place for future generations.
From “traditional” varieties (Chardonnay & Shiraz), to emerging, or alternative varieties (Montepulciano & Petit Manseng), all of their wines have a unique flavour and each create their own drinking experience, expressing the variety’s character and reflecting the unique terroir of the vineyard.