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

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2015 Pfeiffer Christophers VP

This is a wonderfully textured wine, with Swiss milk chocolate and red berry flavours of great persistence.
Normal Price: $35.00
Wine Club Price: $31.50
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinta Barocca, Tinta Cao

Vintage 2015

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2015 Christopher's VP to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018

Awards TROPHY: Rutherglen Wine Show 2021 - Best Australian Vintage Forified Red (Vintage Port)
TOP GOLD: Rutherglen Wine Show 2021
TOP GOLD: Royal Hobart Wine Show 2018
GOLD: Royal Hobart Wine Show 2018
GOLD: Ballarat Wine Show 2018
GOLD: Riverina Wine Show 2018
GOLD: Cowra Wine Show 2018
GOLD: Riverina Wine Show 2017
GOLD: Victorian Wines Show 2017
GOLD: Cowra Wine Show 2017
GOLD: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2016
SILVER: Rutherglen Wine Show 2022
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2018
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2017
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2016
SILVER: Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016
BRONZE: Rutherglen Wine Show 2023
BRONZE: Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Riverland Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2016
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2016
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2016
BRONZE: Riverland Wine Show 2016

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date March, April 2015

Vintage The 2015 growing season showed great promise from the beginning, with mild temperatures and good Spring rain, with dry conditions around flowering. As the season progressed, the good weather continued.  Summer was relatively mild, and was dotted with welcome, but low level, rain events. Despite the mild weather, and the normal cropping loads, vintage once again kicked off early, commencing on the 11th February.

February was dotted with a few showers, leading into a bone dry March. With the early onset of the vintage, these favourable weather conditions allowed white, red and fortified varieties to develop fully and deliver the desired flavours at harvest. 

Generally speaking, vintage 2015 has been a very good one. The fortified wine quality is outstanding. Muscat shows pristine and incredibly floral aromatics, with great power and depth on the palate.  Muscadelle for Topaque shows classic honey and cold tea characters, with lovely texture and weight.  Our Portuguese varieties have outstanding colour and depth of flavour, with complexity and weight, suitable for high quality port styles. The red wines have great colour, with rich, ripe flavours and good fullness on the palate.  And the white wines offer fresh, fruit driven aromatics, with lovely natural acidity, giving length.

Winemakers Comments This wine is a blend of two different parcels.  The first parcel was 100% Tinta Roriz, the second parcel a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barocca and Tinta Cao (picked as a field blend for co-fermentation).  Each parcel was hand-picked into an open fermenter and crushed by foot.  A cold maceration occurred for around 4 days, with foot treading every three hours.  Fermentation occurred naturally, with a combination of hand plunging and foot treading occurring four times daily.  Each parcel was pressed just prior to fortification to maximize the extraction from the skins. 

The base wines were allowed to settle, before being blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling.

The 2015 Christopher’s VP has a deep, dark purple red colour.  Dark chocolate and ripe black berries abound on the nose, with lovely brandy spirit giving complexity.  The palate is rich, powerful and drier in style, with chocolatey mid-palate fruit and long, chalky tannins giving great length.

In Australia, we can no longer refer to fortified wines produced from a single vintage year as a “vintage port”.  This is reserved for wines produced in the Douro Valley in Portugal.  Considered the ultimate in quality and class, vintage ports are made from the best parcels of fruit, made only in the best years.

Named in honour of the wineries founder, Christopher Pfeiffer, the Christopher’s VP (Vintage Port) is considered the ultimate in both quality and class at the winery.

Partners As a younger wine - dark chocolate and raspberry soufflé.  As an older wine – Stilton cheese (a classic!!)

Cellar Enjoy now until 2036

Vegan Friendly Yes

Yeast Wild yeasts – native to the vineyard.

Allergens Preservative (220) added.   

Technical Details Res. Sugar 80.10 g/L
pH 3.77
TA 5.17 g/L
Alcohol 18.6 % v/v