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

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2014 Pfeiffer Merlot

A rich, full styled Merlot which displays lovely silky texture and fine long tannins.
Normal Price: $25.00
Wine Club Price: $22.50
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Merlot

Vintage 2014

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2014 Pfeiffer Merlot to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2017

Awards BRONZE: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2016
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2015

Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen, King Valley)

Harvest Date March and April 2014

Vintage The 2014 vintage saw Mother Nature remind us of all her powers!!! Spring was unusually cool, particularly around flowering, which resulted in an uneven fruit set and lower cropping levels. We then suffered an incredibly severe frost on the 16th October, which resulted in a 40% loss in total production for the vintage, with some blocks only producing 10% of their normal production. November and December were relatively mild, before January saw the onset of 2 heatwaves one week apart, with temperatures soaring to 45°C for several days. This saw sugar levels rapidly increase in early ripening blocks and kicked vintage off with another early start.

February was surprisingly cooler, with maximum temperatures struggling to hit 30°C, which then saw ripening slow down for a couple of weeks. March remained mild, but was dotted with a few small rain events throughout the month, which was then followed up by a severe 100mm rain event on the 9th and 10th April.  This last rain event forced our hand, and we picked the last blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and Muscadelle to beat the rain.

Overall, the white wine quality is outstanding, with all the white varietals showing lovely delicacy, purity of fruit flavour, length and balance.  The red wines have terrific elegance, with strong varietal characters and lovely long tannins.  The earlier ripening fortified varieties, including Muscat and some of the Portuguese varieties for our port styles all performed well, while our Muscadelle pick was a little earlier than our preference due to the late rain.

Winemakers Comments A blend of two parcels, each handled separately – the first parcel was fermented in an open vat, being hand plunged 3 times daily.  At 1/4 ferment remaining, it was pressed off into new French oak hogsheads and puncheons to complete fermentation.  The other parcel was crushed into a static fermenter for a cold soak of 2-3 days. It was fermented on skins for approximately 10 days, being pumped over twice daily, pressed into stainless steel tank at the end of fermentation, then transferred into one to three year old French oak barrels for maturation.

The individual components were matured as separate parcels, in French oak for approximately 14 months.  After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2015.

Our 2014 Pfeiffer Merlot is a vibrant red colour and has a lovely perfume of red fruits and violets.  The palate is elegant and long, with fresh red berry and cherry fruit, a silky, velvety palate and polished tannins.

Try With Merlot is a versatile food wine and pairs well with deeply savoury flavours.  Try it with pork chops, in a garlic, rosemary and lemon marinade.

Cellar A delightful wine now and over ten years until 2023.
Yeast FX 10 – a red wine yeast that promotes good colour and varietal expression.

Allergens Produced with the aid of egg and nut products and traces may remain.
Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 0.47 g/l
pH 3.54
TA 5.93 g/L
Alcohol 13.5 % v/v