• Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen

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2016 Pfeiffer Sparkling Pfizz Red

An elegant, yet richly flavoured sparkling red wine produced from our estate grown Pinot Noir, which are over 50 years old.
Normal Price: $29.90
Wine Club Price: $26.91
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Pinot Noir

Vintage 2016

Seal A crown seal has been used on our Pfeiffer Pfizz Red to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date March 2016

Vintage Conditions
The 2016 growing season looked very promising, with good Winter and Spring rainfall until October.  November and December were dry and warm, leading to a relatively mild January. Supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

The first week of February saw two inches of rain fall, which was just before the onset of harvest, so certainly created a few nerves at the beginning of vintage.

Fortunately the rest of the harvest remained dry, and all grape varieties came in very early, with picking starting on the 10th February.  Vintage progressed at a fast and furious pace, due to three very warm weeks of temperatures between 35°-40° Celsius, with incredibly rapid ripening across all varieties.  Early blocks of Cabernet, Durif and Muscat were all harvested in February!** March saw the warm and dry conditions continue, along with the fast pace of the vintage.

All varieties were harvested by the end of the month, with the exception of Muscadelle for Topaque, which was picked in April. Overall cropping levels were average and the quality of the vintage is good, with ripe and full flavours, with Muscadelle for Topaque the highlight.

Winemakers Comments Produced from 50 year old vines grown on our Sunday Creek vineyard, the Pinot Noir crop is always small.  As a result we get beautiful fruit of good colour and excellent depth.  The base wines were fermented in both open and closed vats, with 10% stalks included back into the crush.  Hand plunging and gentle pump overs occurred two to three times daily, before pressing at the end of fermentation. 

The 2016 Pinot Noir base wine was matured in 2 and 3 year old French oak barriques for six months.  The wine then blended together in tank, fined and clarified for tirage (where a secondary fermentation is started in tank, and the fermenting wine is bottled, creating the “pfizz”). 

Our Sparkling Pinot Noir spends a minimum of 6 months on yeast lees.  The wine is disgorged on demand (where the yeast lees are removed from the bottle, and a dosage liqueur is added to top the wine), to ensure freshness.  We have chosen to use our 2015 Pfeiffer Christopher’s VP as the dosage liqueur, adding further complexity to the wine.

Our Pfeiffer Red Pfizz exhibits a lovely nose of mixed berries and spice.The medium-bodied palate is flavourful, with cherry and red berry fruit, balanced by soft tannins.  We have chosen a crown seal as the closure for this wine to optimise flavour and freshness.

Dosage Liqueur Pfeiffer 2015 Christopher's VP

Partners Perfect for your next celebration – "pfantastic" with Roast Turkey or Baked Ham on Christmas Day.

Cellar Superb now and will continue to drink well until 2025.

Vegan Friendly Vegan No | Vegetarian Yes.  Produced with the aid of egg products and traces may remain. 

Yeast EC1118 – A neutral yeast, commonly used in the production of sparkling wine.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res Sugar 38.6 g/L
pH 3.65
TA 6.67 g/L
Alcohol 13.6 % v/v
Disgorge Date 12th October 2018