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

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2021 Pfeiffer Late Harvest Muscadelle

A late picked dessert style wine which is produced with Muscadelle grapes, a component of the famous Sauternes and Barsac wines of France. 375ML
Normal Price: $19.50
Wine Club Price: $17.55
Description
Availability NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Grapes Muscadelle

Vintage 2021

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2021 Late Harvest Muscadelle to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to elimintate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date April 2021

Vintage The growing season got off to a great start, with higher than average rainfall volumes falling in both Winter and Spring, giving us an total annual rainfall of 657mm for the year.

Regular rain events occurred through September to November, with December recording lower than average rainfall. These excellent conditions saw strong canopy growth and average to above average yields developing.

The beginning of summer was dry, yet mild, with only 3 days of temperatures exceeding 40˚C, just prior to Australia Day. This was followed by a significant rain event of around 50mm, which increased the disease pressure on some varieties that were approaching their harvest date.

February and March were also dotted with rain events, with 50mm and 60mm falling respectively, again leaving certain varieties close to harvest susceptible to fruit breakdown. The timing of picking was critical to the overall wine quality.

Overall, the season was around 2 weeks later than usual, with the vintage starting on 17th February with Alpine Valleys Pinot Grigio. The majority of the fruit was harvested in the second half of March, and into April, with rain events around Easter seeing our intake accelerate throughout the month of April, with the last fruit harvested on 30th April.

Quality is good, with white varieties showing lovely aromatics, and plenty of natural acidity, ensuring good longevity in the bottle. The red varieties show a diversity of style, with Shiraz performing well again across multiple sites, and our old vine Pinot Noir and Gamay looking particularly strong.

Our fortified varieties were unfortunately very low yielding and variable in quality. Our Portuguese varieties were affected by late rain, so we made the decision not to pursue a Vintage Fortified from 2021, but we have some real highlights in our Muscat and Muscadelle (for Topaque) from our Carlyle vineyard, which appear destined for our Grand and Rare soleras.

I am sure we will discover more vinous treasures in the cellar as time rolls on.

Winemakers Comments Our Muscadelle grapes were hand harvested in the vineyard, making a special selection of the most suitable, raisined bunches for the wine.  After picking, we immediately crushed and pressed the grapes, combining the free-run and pressing components.  Fermentation occurred at temperatures of 16-18°C.  Once the desired sugar level was achieved, the wine was chilled to a temperature of -2°C to stop the fermentation and leave a sweet and luscious dessert wine.

The wine was fined and clarified prior to bottling in May 2021.

Our 2021 Late Harvest Muscadelle is an intense and luscious dessert wine style with flavours of ripe apricots, vanilla bean and honey. The palate is rich and luscious, with balanced acidity, persisting to a clean, fresh finish.

Partners A dessert food specialist

Cellar Enjoy now until 2029.

Vegan Friendly YES

Yeast EC1118 – a strong fermenter, commonly used in the production of sparkling wine.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 113.39 g/L
pH 3.70
TA 5.65g/L
Alcohol 9.4% v/v